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Our Communities

Our communities

The GW4 Building Communities Programme aims to build research and innovation communities of scale and capability, delivering a step change in world-class research that could not be achieved by one of the institutions alone. The Programme has two funding schemes:

  • The annual Generator Fund which awards GW4 communities up to £20K for 6 month projects (launched in 2020). This replaced the Initiator (up to £20K for 5 months) and Accelerator (up to £75K for 8 months) funding schemes, which ran from 2014 – 2019.
  • The Development Awards which support new, and advance existing, collaborations across GW4 by funding single activities or resources with up to £5K. This is a rolling scheme, with no closing date.

More details of both schemes, and how to apply, can be found at the links above.

Building Communities funding supports both the creation of new GW4 communities and the development of the strongest ideas emerging from our existing communities, and is open to any academic area. To date, the GW4 Alliance has invested over £3.2M in 105 collaborative research communities, which have generated £63.4M in research income. This means that for every £1 GW4 spends on collaborative research communities, GW4 captures an impressive £20 in external research awards.

 

Research integrity

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).

Read the Statement

 


Explore our communities

All communities are listed below in alphabetical order, and can be searched using key words or fund type.
Our “Featured Communities” are from the most recent round of Generator funding.

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Funds
Types
Climate Extremes and Variability – Evaluating the Risks (CLEVER)
Initiator
Overview
This project focused on quantitatively evaluating the risks of extremes in climate and it’s variability.
Community lead

University of Bath: Nicholas Mitchell
University of Bristol: Dan Lunt
Cardiff University: Ian Hall
University of Exeter: Tim Lenton (PI)

Awarded
May 2014
Bio and Biomimetic Materials
Initiator
Overview
This collaboration brought together three exceptionally strong groupings within GW4 to focus on the design and development of new bio- and biomimetic materials with targeted properties and functions.
Community lead

University of Bath: Paul Raithby (PI) 
University of Bristol: Dek Woolfson, Simon Hall
Cardiff University: Niklaas Buurma
University of Exeter: Saverio Russo 

Awarded
May 2014
Alternative Urbanisms
Initiator
Overview
This project drew together researchers from social science and humanities across GW4, focusing on three overlapping aspects of the idea of ‘alternative urbanisms’.
Community lead

University of Bath: Roy Maconachie
University of Bristol: Gary Bridge
Cardiff University: Paul Milbourne
University of Exeter: Clive Barnett (PI)

Awarded
May 2014
Algal Valorisation and Remediation of Acid Mine Drainage
Initiator
Overview
The overarching aim of this research strategy was to develop an algal-based system for combined remediation and valorisation of acid mine drainage (AMD) and potentially other metalliferous effluents.
Community lead

University of Bath: Christopher Chuck
University of Bristol: Tom Scott
Cardiff University: Devin Sapsford
University of Exeter: Chris Bryan (PI) 
Plymouth Marine Laboratory: Mike Allen 

Awarded
May 2014
GW4 Medieval Studies
Initiator
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.
Community lead

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

Awarded
May 2014
University of Bath
University of Bristol
Cardiff University
University of Exeter