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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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Understanding Use of Agricultural Azoles & its Impact on Quality of Waterbodies and AMR
Generator
Overview
This project aims to understand use of azole fungicide in arable farmlands in Southwest England and determine its impact on quality of waterbodies and AMR.
Community lead

University of Bath: Neil Brown
University of Bristol: Susan Conlon, Arleen Kristhel Lezcano
University of Exeter: Dhara Malavia (PI), Ray Chan, Aimee Murray, Andrew Jones

Awarded
April 2022
A Pathway To Net Zero For Road and Rail
Generator
Overview
Pathway to Net Zero for Road and Rail multidisciplinary network vision is to build future of transport and mobility to enable the movement of people and goods through a net zero, resilient, digital, connected, accessible and inclusive system, creating opportunities, promoting innovation and sustainable development, while reducing inequalities at local, regional, and national levels.
Community lead

University of Bath: Meng Meng

University of Bristol: Theo Tryfanos

Cardiff University: Liana Cipcigan (PI), Omer Rana, Carol Featherstone, Clarice Bleil de Souza, Bettina Bockelmann-Evans

University of Exeter: Stewart Barr, Christopher Smith

Awarded
April 2022
Circular Economy of Timber Buildings
Generator
Overview
A cradle-to-cradle and multidisciplinary approach for affordable timber housing in the UK.
Community lead

University of Bath: Will Hawkins, Andrew Shea, Daniel Maskell, Pete Walker
University of Bristol: Eleni Toumpanaki (PI)
Cardiff University: Steve Coombs, Tristram Hales
University of Exeter: Anna Harper

 

Awarded
April 2022
GW4 Epilepsy Community
Generator
Overview
We aim to improve research models, diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy.
Community lead

University of Bath: Alain Nogaret
University of Bristol: James Hodge (PI), Edgar Buhl,
Cardiff University: Dmitri Sastin
University of Exeter: Doretta Caramaschi, Jen Creaser, Benjamin Houser

and Silvia Sanchez Marco from Bristol Children’s Hospital

Awarded
April 2022
Family Care in ME/CFS
Generator
Overview
This project developed research on family care in ME/CFS.
Community lead

University of Bristol: Lucy Biddle
Cardiff University: Sharmila Khot
University of Exeter: Siobhan O’Dwyer (PI)

Awarded
June 2021
Flood Resilience for the Transport Sector (FR-TRANS)
Generator
Overview
The project aims at establishing a community around urban resilience to adverse weather events, looking at addressing current gaps in assessing and reducing flooding impact to transport networks.
Community lead

University of Bristol: Maria Pregnolato (PI),
Cardiff University: Reza Ahmadian, Man Yue (Arthur) Lam
University of Exeter: Barry Evans, Albert Chen, Slobodan Djordjevic

Awarded
June 2021
Gliasound
Generator
Overview
Investigating the potential of ultrasound stimulation as a regulator of neuroimmune function.
Community lead

University of Bath: Philip Regan (PI)
University of Bristol: Daniel Whitcomb
University of Exeter: Jonathon Witton

Awarded
June 2021
GW4 Menstrual & Mental Health Community
Generator
Overview
This research community will explore how the menstrual cycle interacts with mental health.
Community lead

University of Bath: Melanie Channon
University of Bristol: Gemma Sharp (PI) [note – Gemma has since moved to Exeter]
Cardiff University: Arianna Di Florio
University of Exeter: Anna Murray

 

Awarded
June 2021
New Drugs to Tackle AMR
Generator
Overview
In this project, we will develop novel antimicrobial compounds to treat Gram-positive bacterial infections combining our expertise in drug discovery, organic synthesis, microbiology and molecular microbial ecology and evolution to enhance the ability of the agents to kill bacteria and interfere with biofilm formation.
Community lead

University of Bath: Maisem Laabei
University of Bristol: Seána Duggan, Jonathan M. Tyrrell
Cardiff University: Michaela Serpi (PI)
University of Exeter: Tobias Bergmiller, Remy Chait

Awarded
June 2021
Rhetoric & Practice of Green Recovery in Cities
Generator
Overview
This collaboration investigates the rhetoric and practices of green recovery in UK cities in the time of COVID-19.
Community lead

University of Bath: Sophia Hatzisavvidou
University of Bristol: Oscar Berglund
Cardiff University: David Shackleton (PI)
University of Exeter: Jess Britton

Awarded
June 2021
University of Bath
University of Bristol
Cardiff University
University of Exeter