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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Project period: September 2019 – June 2019

GW4 community leads 
University of Bath: Andreas Kyprianou
University of Bristol:  Kate Robson Brown (PI)
Cardiff University: Paul Harper, Irena Spasic, Jonathan Gillard
University of Exeter: Richard Everson

Project overview 
This activity aims to support the data science and AI collaborations in the GW4 region and extend the successful interactions with the Turing Institute.

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


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. 

Circular economy for affordable, low-carbon secondary raw materials


Project period: February – June 2019 

GW4 community leads
University of Bath: Pete Walker, Stephen Allen 
University of Bristol:  Steve Eichhorn, Rinat Nigmatullin
Cardiff University: Eshrar Latif, Marianna Marchesi
University of Exeter: Raffaele Vinai (PI), Matt Eames, Peter Hopkinson  

Project overview 

The project will focus on materials, processes, technologies and systems to enable up-cycling of industrial waste and agricultural co-products into valuable components, fostering circular economic solutions for sustainable building products. 

Family component of school approaches to promoting mental health


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


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.  



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. 

South West regional centre for secrecy, security and society research


Project period: February – June 2019 

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

Project overview 

The GW4 community aims to establish a regional, national and international centre of excellence in the innovative research area of secrecy and ignorance.