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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GW4 Consortium Analysis of Intensively Collected Health Data

INITIATOR Fund

Project period: September 2015 – January 2016

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Dr Nicole Augustin
University of Bristol: Professor Kate Tilling
Cardiff University: Professor Kerry Hood
University of Exeter: Professor William Henley

Project overview

We will build a GW4 community of statisticians, mathematicians, data scientists and epidemiologists who are developing and applying methods for analysing intensively collected data.


GW4 Epigenetics Consortium

INITIATOR Fund

Project period: May – July 2014

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Andrew Ward, Adele Murrell
University of Bristol: Caroline Relton, Matthew Hickman
Cardiff University: Anthony Isles, Stan Zammit
University of Exeter: Jonathan Mill, Katie Lunnon

Project overview

A cohesive and enthusiastic epigenetics community has been established, as well as a much clearer recognition of the respective skills and expertise across GW4 in this field.


GW4 Imaging Network

INITIATOR Fund

Project period: October 2014 – January 2015

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Silvia Munoz-Descalzo, Jim Caunt
University of Bristol: Mark Jepson
Cardiff University: Jim Murray, Peter Watson, Joaquin de Navascues Melero
University of Exeter: Michael Deeks, Jacqueline Christmas, George Littlejohn, Jeremy Metz

Project overview

Three cross-disciplinary project proposals have been generated. The first is MRC/Wellcome Trust-facing, the second is BBSRC facing (both currently submitted as an Accelerator application) and the third is targeted towards RCUK.


GW4 Musculoskeletal Research Consortium

INITIATOR Fund

Project period: May to August 2015

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Richie Gill
University of Bristol: Ashley Blom, Jon Tarlton
Cardiff University: Bruce Caterson
University of Exeter: Andrew Toms

Project overview

Key objectives of the consortium include identifying areas of commonality and complementarity, exploring potential shared research infrastructure and facilities, recognising strengths and gaps in our combined research portfolio and exploring potential programmes of research.


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.


Harnessing Technology to Develop New Models of Alzheimer’s Disease

Accelerator Fund

Project period: May 2015 – January 2015 

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Vasanta Subramanian
University of Bristol: James Hodge, Caroline Relton
Cardiff University: Nick Allen
University of Exeter: Katie Lunnon (PI), Jonathan Mill, Jonathan Brown 

Project overview

As a team we have identified some early changes that occur to control how genes are regulated in the brains of Alzheimer’s disease patients. We will investigate how these gene changes might lead to Alzheimer’s disease. 


Health inequalities in older people: a plan for action

INITIATOR FUND 

Project period: August – October 2017 

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Nikki Coghill (PI) and Jessica Francombe-Webb
University of Bristol: Demi Patsios
Cardiff University: Shantini Paranjothy
University of Exeter: Katrina Wyatt 

Project overview

The focus of this project is to identify new approaches and ways of addressing inequalities in health among older people living in low income / economically disadvantaged communities. 


Health-related Behaviour Change Interventions

INITIATOR Fund

Project period: May – July 2014

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Fiona Gillison, Afroditi Stathi, Julie Barnett
University of Bristol: Anne Haase, Simon Sebire, Russ Jago
Cardiff University: Sharon Simpson, Graham Moore
University of Exeter: Jane R Smith, Charles Abraham, Colin Greaves

Project overview

This project has developed stronger and wider multi-disciplinary links between individuals and departments/groups involved in health-related behaviour change. There is now a greater awareness of current work, expertise, potential future research areas and funding opportunities.