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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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Development Award
The community aims to gather a cross-disciplinary group of scientists to discuss the impact of climate change on built heritage and bridge the gap between natural weathering and laboratory accelerated aging.
Community lead

University of Bath: Ismale Justo Reinoso
University of Bristol: Fai Fung
Cardiff University: Cristina De Nardi (PI)
University of Exeter: Richard Betts

January 2023
GW4 Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity Hub (GW4 EDI Hub)
Development Award
This team aim to build a ‘community of EDI practice’ (EDI – Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity) in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine) with the goal of achieving cultural change across the GW4 institutions in this area.
Community lead

University of Bath:  Ana Amelia Alvarez Serra, Sarah Bailey, Alice Hovanessian, Hannah Leese, Despina Moschou, Rajani Naidoo, Chloe Turner
University of Bristol: Bronwen Burton, Josie Briscoe, Amanda Carmichael, Neha Chandarana, Caroline McKinnon, Stephen Montgomery, Amy Mosley, Tom Oliver, Mark van der Kamp, John Wylie
Cardiff University: Cosimo Inserra (PI), Gayathri Eknath, Ian Hall, Riccardo Maddalena, Mihair McVicar, Rebecca Newsome, Wendy Sadler
University of Exeter: Claire Davies, Andrew Griffith, Sawsan Khuri, Vrinda Nayak, Orly Razgour, Andrew Pye, Maisha Reza, MD Sharma

December 2022
Menarche, Menstruation, Menopause and Mental Health (4M) Consortium
Development Award
This community aims to facilitate collaborative interdisciplinary research into how menstruation and menopause interact with mental health.
Community lead

University of Bath: Melanie Channon
University of Bristol: Maria Fannin
Cardiff University: Arianna Di Florio
University of Exeter: Gemma Sharp (PI)

December 2022
University of Bath
University of Bristol
Cardiff University
University of Exeter