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).

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SOUTH WEST AND WALES FACING THE WITHDRAWAL FROM THE EU: MAPPING NEEDS, STRATEGIES AND VOICE

INITIATOR FUND 

Project period: January – March 2018

GW4 community leads
University of Bath: Dr Maria Garcia (PI) 
University of Bristol:  Dr Clair Gammage
Cardiff University: Dr Jo Hunt
University of Exeter: Dr David Thackeray

Project outcomes 
The project seeks to facilitate knowledge exchange between the region’s academic and business communities and to help map regional needs and a regional strategy in response to the UK’s withdrawal from the EU and future trade policy. 


The GW4 PuP Community: Performance under Pressure Understanding Occupational Stress: Performance, Health, and Well-Being in High Pressure Environments

INITIATOR FUND 

Project period: January – March 2018 

GW4 community leads
University of Bath: Rachel Arnold (PI) 
University of Bristol:  Peter Turnbull
Cardiff University: Andy Smith
University of Exeter: Sam Vine 

Project overview 

The proposed community intends to deliver a step-change in research on occupational stress, by bringing together academic experts who can tackle the health, well-being, and productivity challenges in performance domains, produce world-leading, interdisciplinary research. 


GW4 Software-Intensive Research

Accelerator Fund

Project period: September 2017 – December 2018 

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: James Davenport (PI) 
University of Bristol: Simon McIntosh-Smith
Cardiff University: Peter Knowles
University of Exeter: David Acreman 

Project overview

GW4 have been awarded £3M of EPSRC capital funding to purchase Isambard, an innovative high-performance computer (HPC) for use by the GW4 universities, the Met Office (where the machine is housed) and the wider UK Community to explore innovative HPC, in particular the use of HPC based on UK-designed ARM processors rather than Intel processors, which power the overwhelming majority of HPCs currently. 


Transformative history education in conflict-affected contexts

INITIATOR Fund

Project period: September – November 2017 

GW4 Community leads 

University of Bath: Lizzi Milligan, Peter Manning
University of Bristol: Julia Paulson (PI) 
Cardiff University: Kate Moles
University of Exeter: Catriona Pennell & Kelsey Shanks (now University of Ulster) 

Project overview

Our network brings together GW4 educationalists, historians and social scientists with expertise in conflict and social memory to develop conceptual thinking around transformative history education. 


Transnational transformations in social protection – concepts, instruments and contexts

Accelerator Fund

Project period: September 2017 – December 2018 

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Rana Jawad
University of Bristol: David Gordon
Cardiff University: Rod Hick
University of Exeter: Paul Cloke, Eleanor Cloke 

Project overview

Our community aims to conduct world-leading research on social protection in both the Global North and South. We adopt the International Labour Organization’s definition of social protection as comprising income security across the life-course and in relation to specific contingencies, such as unemployment, and access to healthcare. 


Health inequalities in older people: a plan for action

INITIATOR FUND 

Project period: August – October 2017 

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Nikki Coghill (PI) and Jessica Francombe-Webb
University of Bristol: Demi Patsios
Cardiff University: Shantini Paranjothy
University of Exeter: Katrina Wyatt 

Project overview

The focus of this project is to identify new approaches and ways of addressing inequalities in health among older people living in low income / economically disadvantaged communities. 


Applied Volcanology @ GW4

INITIATOR FUND 

Project period: July – October 2017 

GW4 community leads

University of Bristol: Ryerson Christie, Alison Rust, Kathy Cashman
Cardiff University: Wim Degruyter
University of Exeter: James Hickey (PI) 

Project overview

Across the GW4, we have the expertise to promote the welfare of people in DAC countries by improving their resilience to volcanic eruptions. 


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.