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).

Explore our GW4 research communities by keyword or theme. (All communities are also listed below in alphabetical order).

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GW4 Centre of Excellence in the Built Environment

INITIATOR Fund

Project period: September 2015 – January 2016

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Dr Mike Lawrence, Professor Pete Walker
University of Bristol: Dr Wendel Sebastian
Cardiff University: Professor Chris Tweed, Professor Yacine Rezgui
University of Exeter: Dr Matthew Eames

Project overview

We will focus on embodied carbon, predicted to account for more than 95% of total construction related emissions by the 2020s. CO2 emissions are generated at all stages of a building’s life cycle.


GW4 Coding

INITIATOR FUND 

Project period: February – May 2016 

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: James Davenport (PI) 
University of Bristol: Ian Holyer, Nick Wu
Cardiff University: Pete Burnap
University of Exeter: Richard Everson, Mike Baldwin 

Project overview

The vision of this initiator is to bring together the coding experts of GW4 and others in the region (e.g. Crick at Cardiff Metropolitan, BCS), harness our excellent connections in the cyber security user and policy base to form a powerful research team to be in a position to bid for significant funds. 


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 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


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 Medieval Studies

Initiator and Accelerator Fund

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

GW4 community leads

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

Project overview

This project has established a GW4 Medieval Studies community that is vibrant, productive and creative with a shared vision. Its aim is to lead in the field. There are various on-going shared initiatives to develop the research culture in Medieval Studies.


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.