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).

Explore our GW4 research communities by keyword or theme. (All communities are also listed below in order of award date with newest first).

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Biomimetic Assemblies of Complex Functional Materials in Hierarchical Structures

Accelerator Fund

Project period: October 2014 – April 2015 

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Enrico Da Como (PI) 
University of Bristol: Simon Hall
Cardiff University: Wolfgang Langbein
University of Exeter: David Wright 

Project overview

The research programme is based on the preparation of hierarchical layered materials deposited with a new state-of-the-art facility; Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD). 


GW4 Environmental Humanities

INITIATOR Fund

Project period: October 2014 – January 2015

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Axel Goodbody
University of Bristol: Peter Coates
Cardiff University: Ria Dunkley
University of Exeter: Nicola Whyte


Nanoscale Sensors for Healthcare and the Environment [NANOSENSE]

Accelerator Fund

Project period: October 2014 – April 2015 

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Philip Shields, Duncan Allsopp
University of Bristol: Martin Cryan (PI) 
Cardiff University: Peter Smowton
University of Exeter: Geoff Nash 

Project overview

This community will bring together overlapping synergies in nanoscale device fabrication, design and measurement to develop a radically new set of multifunctional sensors that will make a major impact in a range of sensing applications. 


Plant-Soil Responses to Environmental Extremes

INITIATOR Fund

Project period: October 2014 – January 2015

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Kevin Briggs
University of Bristol: Claire Grierson
Cardiff University: Mike Harbottle
University of Exeter: Sarah De Baets


Advancing the State of the Art in Damage Detection in Metallic and Composite Structures

INITIATOR FUND

Project period: May – July 2014 

GW4 community leads
University of Bath: Alicia King
University of Bristol: Stephen Hallett
Cardiff University: Carol Featherston (PI) 
University of Exeter: Meiling Zhu 

Project outcomes
The aim of this research is to advance the state of the art in damage detection in metallic and composite structures by enabling a modular system approach utilising energy harvesting and wireless communication for industrial applications. 


Algal Valorisation and Remediation of Acid Mine Drainage

INITIATOR FUND

Project period: May – July 2014 

GW4 community leads
University of Bath: Christopher Chuck
University of Bristol: Tom Scott
Cardiff University: Devin Sapsford
University of Exeter: Chris Bryan (PI) 
Plymouth Marine Laboratory: Mike Allen 

Project overview
The overarching aim of this research strategy is to develop an algal-based system for combined remediation and valorisation of acid mine drainage (AMD) and potentially other metalliferous effluents. 


Alternative Urbanisms

INITIATOR FUND

Project period: May – July 2014

GW4 Community Leads
University of Bath: Roy Maconachie
University of Bristol: Gary Bridge
Cardiff University: Paul Milbourne
University of Exeter: Clive Barnett

Project outcomes
This project draws together researchers from social science and humanities across GW4, focusing on three overlapping aspects of the idea of ‘alternative urbanisms’:

 


Bio and Biomimetic Materials

INITIATOR FUND

Project period: May – July 2014 

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Paul Raithby (PI) 
University of Bristol: Dek Woolfson, Simon Hall
Cardiff University: Niklaas Buurma
University of Exeter: Saverio Russo 

Project overview

This collaboration brings together three exceptionally strong groupings within GW4 to focus on the design and development of new bio- and biomimetic materials with targeted properties and functions.