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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CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE’S SUICIDE AND SELF-HARM RESEARCH COLLABORATION

ACCELERATOR FUND 

Project period: February – August 2016 

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Paul Stallard
University of Bristol: David Gunnell, Judi Kidger, Becky Mars, Lucy Biddle
Cardiff University: Rhiannon Evans (PI), Jonathan Scourfield, Nina Jacob
University of Exeter: Tamsin Ford, Astrid Janssens, Christabel Owens

Project overview

The collaboration specifically focuses on a key evidence gap, namely the dearth of effective programmes available to schools and their staff in supporting students at risk of self-harm. 


Developing a Novel Biological Imaging Technology for Biomedical Applications

ACCERLATOR FUND 

Project period: February – May 2016 

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Christopher R Pudney (PI), Ventsi Valev
University of Cardiff: Dafydd Jones
University of Exeter: Christian Soeller 

Project overview

We aim to tackle the most fundamental challenge in modern protein science by developing a way to see changes in protein structure and flexibility inside cells. 


GW4 Biosensor Network

INITIATOR FUND 

Project period: February – May 2016 

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Pedro Estrela (PI) 
University of Bristol: Mervyn Miles
Cardiff University: Niklaas Buurma
University of Exeter: Peter Winlove 

Project overview

The GW4 Biosensor Network will bring together researchers from different disciplines with an interest on biosensors. Biosensors measure chemical or biological molecules in complex samples (e.g. blood, water, air) for a wide range of applications including medical diagnosis, monitoring of therapies, personalised medicine, drug discovery and water quality control. 


GW4 Cancer Research Consortium

INITIATOR FUND 

Project period: February – May 2016 

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Adele Murrell, Lorenzo Caggiano (joint PIs) 
University of Bristol: Paul Martin, Axel Walther  
Cardiff University: Matt Smalley
University of Exeter: David Allard, Jackie Whatmore, Willie Hamilton 

Project overview

The GW4 Cancer Research Consortium aims to foster cross-disciplinary collaboration, by capitalising on the breadth of complementary expertise and high-impact cancer research across GW4. 


Pre-clinical Translational Biomedical Research Network

INITIATOR FUND 

Project period: February – May 2016 

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Tony Perry, Richard Gill
University of Bristol: Raimondo Ascione (PI) 
Cardiff University: Chris Marshall, Derek Jones
University of Exeter: John Terry 

Project overview

We offer a unique pipeline of pre-clinical research models highly relevant to human disease and anatomy and state-of-the-art research equipment, with more than 150 biomedical scientists and experts. 


BeDMaSH Behavioural and Decision Making Sciences in Healthcare GW4 Network

INITIATOR Fund

Project period: September 2015 – January 2016

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Dr Christos Vasilakis
University of Bristol: Professor Iain Gilchrist
Cardiff University: Professor Paul Harper
University of Exeter: 
Professor Martin Pitt

Project overview

This multidisciplinary network has the potential to be globally at the forefront of research developments in this emerging interdisciplinary field by harnessing the existing complementary, internationally recognized research within GW4. A step-change in scholarly activity is anticipated by bringing together expertise from across Operational Research, Decision Sciences, Mathematics, Psychology, Sociology, Implementation Science, Organisational Studies and Public Health.


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 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.