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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Systems approaches to antimicrobial resistance in different environments

INITIATOR FUND 

Project period: Feb – April 2017 

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Barbara Kasprzyk-Hordern
University of Bristol: Katy Turner (PI) 
Cardiff University: Tim Walsh
University of Exeter: Will Gaze

Project overview

The community aims to explore and develop projects for future collaborative funding opportunities focused on using systems approaches to understand and tackle the problem of AMR in different environments and communities. 


Antimicrobial resistance

INITIATOR FUND

Project period: January 2017 – May 2017

GW4 community leads
University of Bath: Dr Barbara Kasprzyk-Hordern

University of Bristol: Dr Katy Turner
Cardiff University: Professor Timothy Walsh
University of Exeter: Dr William Gaze

Project overview

 

We are particularly interested in drawing on research strengths in GW4 partner universities in the area of antimicrobial resistance in environmental systems.


Developing STEM education for marginalised groups in low-income communities

INITIATOR FUND 

Project period: January 2017 – May 2017 

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Catherine Montgomery (PI)
University of Bristol: Justin Dillon
Cardiff University: Jamie Lewis
University of Exeter: Nasser Mansour 

Project overview

The aim of this project is to build a research community that will share knowledge, expertise and resources in research and engagement with STEM education in low income countries, particularly for girls and women and indigenous or rural populations in developing countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Americas. 


Research Working Group on Brain Injury (RWGBI)

Accelerator Fund

Project period: January 2017 – February 2018 

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Keith Stokes
University of Bristol: Martin Bunnage
Cardiff University: Derek Jones (PI) 
University of Exeter: Huw Williams 

Project overview

The ‘Research Working Group on Brain Injury’ (RWGBI) draws together a multidisciplinary team of highly complementary expertise, from four universities, to investigate the impact of concussive /sub-concussive blows on brain structure and function. 


A biosocial approach to trauma research

INITIATOR FUND 

Project period: July – November 2016 

GW4 community leads
University of Bath: Sarah Halligan (PI) 
University of Bristol: Dr Abigail Fraser, Professor Stan Zammit
Cardiff University: Professor Stephanie Van Goozen
University of Exeter: Dr Anke Karl 

Project overview 

This community’s focus is on psychological and physical health outcomes for individuals exposed to trauma, and the underlying biosocial factors that contribute to those outcomes. 


The UK Biobank GW4 research collaborative

INITIATOR FUND 

Project period: July – November 2016 

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Dylan Thompson
University of Bristol: Cathy Williams
Cardiff University: Jonathan Hewitt (PI), Jeremy Guggenheim
University of Exeter: Jess Tyrell 

Project overview

We propose to inform researchers from the four universities about the potential of this biomedical resource and to facilitate collaboration between teams with different areas of expertise in exploring the opportunities this provides. 


Towards a rapid, hand-held, biosensor-based detector for Clostridium difficile

ACCELERATOR FUND 

Project period: July 2016 – March 2017 

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Pedro Estrela
University of Bristol: Martin Cryan, Andrei Sarua
Cardiff University: Adrian Porch (PI), Les Baillie, Niek Buurma, Simon Pope
University of Exeter: William Leslie Barnes 

Microsemi Ltd: Tracy Wotherspoon (industrial partner)

Project overview

The main impact of our project will be in healthcare, where we propose to tackle the major societal problem of antibiotic resistance by developing a rapid detector for bacterial infection (in our case for Clostridium difficile) that will lead to its appropriate treatment. 


URL – UNDERSTANDING RELIGION AND LAW: MUSLIMS, FATWAS AND MUFTIS IN THE UK

ACCELERATOR FUND 

Project period: July 2016 – March 2017 

GW4 community leads

University of Bristol: Julian Rivers
Cardiff UniversitySophie Gilliat-Ray and Mustafa Baig (now Exeter)
University of Exeter: Robert Gleave (PI)

Project overview

Through the work of the project we aim to address the issues of how an inclusive, innovative and reflective society which recognises religious diversity might be further developed.