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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Maternity leave in the UK – a gender gap closing policy?

GENERATOR FUND

Awarded: July 2020

GW4 community leads
University of Bath: Joanna Clifton-Sprigg (PI), Eleonora Fichera
University of Bristol: Susan Harkness
Cardiff University: Ezgi Kaya
University of Exeter: Michelle Ryan

Project overview

We will bring together academics from across disciplines and institutions to debate issues surrounding maternity leave provision in the UK and its effect on gender pay gap, and to establish an ambitious, policy-relevant research agenda. 


Moving Through Motherhood

GENERATOR FUND

Awarded: July 2020

GW4 community leads
University of Bath: Dr Peter Rouse
University of Bristol: Dr Charlie Foster
Cardiff University: Dr Kelly Morgann
University of Exeter: Dr Richard Pulsford (PI), Dr Victoria Salmon, Dr Lauren Rogers, Dr Emma Cockroft

Project overview

The GW4 Moving Through Motherhood Community comprises researchers from different disciplines with a shared interest in supporting physical activity during pregnancy by establishing a regional multidiscipline and multisector network to steer research and resource development.


SPIN (Secrecy, Power, and Ignorance Research Network)

generator FUND

Awarded: July 2020

GW4 community leads
University of Bath: Brett Edwards
University of Bristol:  Elspeth Van Veeren (PI)
Cardiff University: Claudia Hillebrand, Thomas Leahy
University of Exeter: Brian Rappert, Owen Thomas

Project overview

To promote new scholarship, dialogues, policy and improved governance by exploring and deepening understanding of the pervasiveness of secrecy and ignorance (the politics of knowledge (un)making) in contemporary social and political life. 


SHuSH! A research network on Suicide, Homicide, and Self-Harm in parent carers

INITIATOR FUND 

Project period: March – July 2019 

GW4 community leads
University of Bath: Katie Maras, Paul Stallard
University of Bristol: Becky Mars, Lucy Biddle, Paul Moran
Cardiff University: Thomas Slater
University of Exeter: Siobhan O’Dwyer, Astrid Janssens (Co-PIs) 

University of Warwick: Professor Richard Hastings 

Project overview 

SHuSH! is a network of researchers, carers, clinicians, and community organisations working together to develop and conduct world-leading research on suicide, homicide, and self-harm in parents caring for children with disabilities. The acronym SHuSH! reflects the silence that has, to-date, surrounded these issues in research, practice, and policy. Carers who are experiencing thoughts of suicide or homicide, are self-harming, or are otherwise in need of urgent support should contact The Samaritans on 116 123. 


Family component of school approaches to promoting mental health

INITIATOR FUND 

Project period: February – June 2019 

GW4 community leads
University of Bath: Janet Goodall
University of Bristol:  Judi Kidger
Cardiff University: Jeremy Segrott (PI) 
University of Exeter: Katrina Wyatt 

Project overview 

We will form an interdisciplinary collaboration to develop an intervention to strengthen the family component of a Health Promoting School approach in secondary schools. 


GW4 NanoEvade: Smart design of nanoparticle-drugs to evade the immune response

INITIATOR FUND 

Project period: February – June 2019 

GW4 community leads 

University of Bath: Karen Edler
University of Bristol: Ash Toye
Cardiff University: Mark Young, Riccardo Bonsignore, Andreia De Almeida
University of Exeter: Charlie Jeynes (PI), David Richards

Project overview 

This GW4 initiator grant will bring together experts from different disciplines, ranging from nanoparticle chemistry & toxicity to mathematical modelling & immune system biology to address this complex problem.  


MOVING THROUGH MOTHERHOOD

INITIATOR FUND 

Project period: February – June 2019 

GW4 community leads
University of Bath: Peter Rouse
University of Bristol:  Charlie Foster
Cardiff University: Lucie Warren
University of Exeter: Richard Pulsford (PI), Victoria Salmon, Lauren Rogers 

Project overview 

The GW4 Moving Through Motherhood Community comprises researchers from different disciplines with a shared interest in supporting physical activity during pregnancy by establishing a regional multidiscipline and multisector network to steer research and resource development. 


Recurrence analysis for the characterisation and classification of epileptic patients

Accelerator FUND

Project period: February – September 2019

GW4 community leads
University of Bath: Tiago de Paula Peixoto
University of Bristol: Naoki Masuda (PI)
Cardiff University: Jiaxiang Zhang
University of Exeter: Lorenzo Livi

Project overview

We will consolidate the methodology based on “recurrence analysis” and apply it to data recorded from the brain of individuals affected by epilepsy.