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).

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Dying with Reduced Agency- People, Places, Principles and Policies

Accelerator Fund

Project period: May to November 2015 

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Jeremy Dixon
University of Bristol: Richard Huxtable
Cardiff University: Jenny Kitzinger (PI) 
University of Exeter: Linda Clare 

Project overview

Demographic, technological, organisational, political and social changes create new challenges at the end of life. This GW4 community is focused on understanding and improving the end of life for the growing number of people with reduced agency (e.g. linked to dementia, disorders of consciousness or frailty/chronic conditions in advanced old age). 


Emotion and Non-verbal Communication in Social and Economic Interactions

INITIATOR Fund

Project period: October 2014 – January 2015

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Alan Lewis
University of Bristol: Ian Penton-Voak, Poppy Mulvaney
Cardiff University: Antony Manstead, Job Van Der Schalk
University of Exeter: Andrew Livingstone, Brit Grosskopf


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.


Functional Materials Far from Equilibrium

INITIATOR Fund

This project has been awarded Accelerator funding for the Controlling nucleation & growth to deliver novel materials functionality community.

Project period: October 2014 – January 2015

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Johannes Zimmer, Chris Bowen
University of Bristol: Isaac Chenchiah
Cardiff University: Nicolas Dirr
University of Exeter: David Wright

Project overview

Established new cross-disciplinary and cross-institutional contacts from a wide range of departments (Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics) at all GW4 universities.


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 Biosensor Network

INITIATOR FUND 

Project period: February – May 2016 

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Pedro Estrela (PI) 
University of Bristol: Mervyn Miles
Cardiff University: Niklaas Buurma
University of Exeter: Peter Winlove 

Project overview

The GW4 Biosensor Network will bring together researchers from different disciplines with an interest on biosensors. Biosensors measure chemical or biological molecules in complex samples (e.g. blood, water, air) for a wide range of applications including medical diagnosis, monitoring of therapies, personalised medicine, drug discovery and water quality control. 


GW4 Bio-X

INITIATOR Fund

Project period: May to August 2015

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Christopher R Pudney
University of Bristol: Adrian Mulholland
Cardiff University: Rudolf Allemann
University of Exeter: Christian Soeller

Project overview

There are ‘big’ biological questions that we are not able to answer with current technology, approaches, methods or theory. Answering these fundamental, molecular level questions are what drive bottom-up innovation in health and biotechnology.


GW4 Cancer Research Consortium

INITIATOR FUND 

Project period: February – May 2016 

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Adele Murrell, Lorenzo Caggiano (joint PIs) 
University of Bristol: Paul Martin, Axel Walther  
Cardiff University: Matt Smalley
University of Exeter: David Allard, Jackie Whatmore, Willie Hamilton 

Project overview

The GW4 Cancer Research Consortium aims to foster cross-disciplinary collaboration, by capitalising on the breadth of complementary expertise and high-impact cancer research across GW4.