To date (June 2021) the GW4 Alliance has invested over £3.1m in 112 collaborative research communities, which have generated nearly £50m in research income. This means that for every £1 GW4 spends on collaborative research communities, GW4 captures an impressive £16 in external research awards.

The GW4 Alliance has adopted the Russell Group Research Integrity Statement of cooperation in cross-institutional research misconduct allegations, which aims to support the efforts of researcher communities to foster research integrity (also known as good practice in research or the responsible conduct of research).

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GW4 Medieval Studies

INITIATOR Fund

Project period: May – July 2014 

GW4 community leads

University of Bristol: Carolyn Muessig (PI), Ian Wei
Cardiff University: Bronach Kane
University of Exeter: James Clark 

Project overview

GW4 Medieval Studies aims to fortify its rich resource of medievalists (65 members of staff and over 75 research students) into a cohesive and energetic research cluster that offers an unmatched range of expertise. 


GW4 Synthetic Biology Showcase

INITIATOR FUND

Project period: May – July 2014

GW4 COMMUNITY LEADS

University of Bath: David Leak
University of Bristol: Paul Race
Cardiff University: Dafydd Jones
University of Exeter: Thomas Howard

PROJECT OVERVIEW

This project has established a GW4 synthetic biology strategy group comprising researchers from all four universities which are now poised to push ahead with cross-institute collaborations.


GW4 Synthetic Biology Showcase

INITIATOR Fund

Project period: May – July 2014

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: David Leak
University of Bristol: Paul Race
Cardiff University: Dafydd Jones
University of Exeter: Thomas Howard

Project overview

Synthetic biology is the application of engineering principles to the understanding and design of biological systems. It is an inherently multidisciplinary research area covering a broad range of challenges including biofuels and bioenergy, the transition towards a bioeconomy, medical and health-care advances, food security and advanced materials manufacture.


Health-related Behaviour Change Interventions

INITIATOR Fund

Project period: May – July 2014

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Fiona Gillison, Afroditi Stathi, Julie Barnett
University of Bristol: Anne Haase, Simon Sebire, Russ Jago
Cardiff University: Sharon Simpson, Graham Moore
University of Exeter: Jane R Smith, Charles Abraham, Colin Greaves

Project overview

This project has developed stronger and wider multi-disciplinary links between individuals and departments/groups involved in health-related behaviour change. There is now a greater awareness of current work, expertise, potential future research areas and funding opportunities.


Paramagnetic Species for Catalysis and Materials Applications

INITIATOR Fund

Project period: May – July 2014

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Mike Whittlesey
University of Bristol: 
Robin Bedford
Cardiff University: 
Damien Murphy

Project overview

This project has developed a new GW4 community with interests in the catalytic and materials applications of paramagnetic species.


Risk in Contemporary Security Discourse

INITIATOR Fund

Project period: May – July 2014

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: David Galbreath
University of Bristol: Tim Edmunds
Cardiff University: Christian Bueger
University of Exeter: Doug Stokes, Sir Paul Newton

Project overview

This project has helped to foster and further concretise this GW4 community. The aim of the workshop was to bring together policymakers, academics and other stakeholders to examine contemporary security and risk dynamics within international relations.


The Impact of Offshore Windfarms on Marine Organisms

INITIATOR Fund

Project period: May – July 2014

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Phillipe Blondeli
University of Bristol: Andy Radford, Daniel Robert
Cardiff University: Roger Falconer
University of Exeter: Rick Bruintjes, Steve Simpson, Darren Croft, Matt Witt, Phillipp Thies

Project overview

​This project has allowed testing of new ideas in the real world which will lead to high impact interdisciplinary publications. A valuable research network of world-known scientists has been created and two research grant proposals were produced and submitted to the Catapult Environmental Programme. There are plans to submit future NERC large grants applications and for GW4 studentships.