The GW4 Alliance has invested over £2.9m in 93 collaborative research communities, which have generated over £46m in research income. This means that for every £1 GW4 spends on collaborative research communities, GW4 captures over £15 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).

Explore our GW4 research communities by keyword or theme. (All communities are also listed below in alphabetical order).

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Climate Extremes and Variability – Evaluating the Risks (CLEVER)

INITIATOR Fund

Project period: May – July 2014

GW4 community leads

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

Project overview

This project will focus on quantitatively evaluating the risks of extremes in climate and its variability.


Flexible Formwork

INITIATOR Fund

This project has been awarded Accelerator funding for the Prototypical Iterations in the Built Environment community.

Project period: May – July 2014

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: John Orr
University of Bristol: John Macdonald
Cardiff University: Diane Gardner
University of Exeter: Prakash Kripakaran

Project overview

This project has developed a new GW4 community with a shared vision to change the way that all structures are designed and operated within the built environment.


Global Challenges ‘Low Carbon Energy Access’ Hub

ACCELERATOR FUND 

Project period: July – December 2017 

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Philippe Blondel
University of Bristol: Sam Williamson
Cardiff University: Kersty Hobson (PI) 
University of Exeter: Philipp Thies 

Project overview

The goal was to bring together researchers from a wide range of disciplines to build a community around key issues in Low Carbon Energy Access in Overseas Development Assistance Countries, in order to formulate a proposal to be taken forward to the forthcoming RCUK collective fund interdisciplinary hub call. 


GW4 Centre of Excellence in the Built Environment

INITIATOR Fund

Project period: September 2015 – January 2016

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Dr Mike Lawrence, Professor Pete Walker
University of Bristol: Dr Wendel Sebastian
Cardiff University: Professor Chris Tweed, Professor Yacine Rezgui
University of Exeter: Dr Matthew Eames

Project overview

We will focus on embodied carbon, predicted to account for more than 95% of total construction related emissions by the 2020s. CO2 emissions are generated at all stages of a building’s life cycle.


GW4 Environmental Humanities

INITIATOR Fund

Project period: October 2014 – January 2015

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Axel Goodbody
University of Bristol: Peter Coates
Cardiff University: Ria Dunkley
University of Exeter: Nicola Whyte


GW4 Software-Intensive Research

Accelerator Fund

Project period: September 2017 – December 2018 

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: James Davenport (PI) 
University of Bristol: Simon McIntosh-Smith
Cardiff University: Peter Knowles
University of Exeter: David Acreman 

Project overview

GW4 have been awarded £3M of EPSRC capital funding to purchase Isambard, an innovative high-performance computer (HPC) for use by the GW4 universities, the Met Office (where the machine is housed) and the wider UK Community to explore innovative HPC, in particular the use of HPC based on UK-designed ARM processors rather than Intel processors, which power the overwhelming majority of HPCs currently. 


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.


Nanoscale Sensors for Healthcare and the Environment [NANOSENSE]

Accelerator Fund

Project period: October 2014 – April 2015

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Philip Shields, Duncan Allsopp
University of Bristol: Martin Cryan
Cardiff University: Peter Smowton
University of Exeter: Geoff Nash

Project overview

The community was formed from four internationally renowned optoelectronics research groups at Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter.