The GW4 Alliance has invested over £2.9m in 95 collaborative research communities, which have generated over £41m in research income. This means that for every £1 GW4 spends on collaborative research communities, GW4 captures over £14 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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Aerospace and Advanced Engineering

Creative and Cultural Economy

Digital Innovation

Living Well

New Energy Systems

Next Generation Microelectronics

Resilience, Environment and Sustainability

Transformative history education: Learning from creative practices in Cambodia, Colombia and Iraq


Project period: September 2018 – April 2019

GW4 community leads
University of Bath: Lizzi Milligan & Peter Manning
University of Bristol: Julia Paulson
Cardiff University: Kate Moles
University of Exeter: Catriona Pennell

Project overview
Our network is focused around the GW4 Grand Challenge Area of social justice and inequality. It also addresses the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) challenges of human rights, good governance, and social justice and of equitable access to sustainable development.

Wales and South West responses and preparations for Brexit and UK trade policy

accelerator FUND

Project period: February – September 2019

GW4 community leads
University of Bath: Dr Maria Garcia (PI)
University of Bristol:  Dr Clair Gammage
Cardiff University: Dr Jo Hunt
University of Exeter: Dr David Thackeray

Project overview

This community brings together academics, business representatives and stakeholders in the region to raise awareness and understanding of the intersections between trade policy and other domestic policies and to consider and identify pathways to influence future UK trade policies.

GW4 Medieval Studies


Project period: May – July 2014 (Initiator), October 2014 – April 2015 (Accelerator)


University of Bristol: Carolyn Muessig, Beth Williamson
Cardiff University: Bronach Kane
University of Exeter: James Clark


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.