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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Creative and Cultural Economy

Digital Innovation

Living Well

New Energy Systems

Next Generation Microelectronics

Resilience, Environment and Sustainability

Global Challenges in Energy and Healthcare

INITIATOR FUND 

Project period: February – May 2017 

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Janet L. Scott (PI) 
University of Bristol: Paul Harper
Cardiff University: Kersty Hobson
University of Exeter: Stephen J Eichhorn 

Project overview

The primary goal of the Building Communities activity proposed here is to develop GW4 capacity, particularly within the “Sustainability” and “Healthy Living” themes identified in the GW4 5-year Strategy (2015), to respond quickly and effectively to anticipated RCUK Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) 2 calls in 2017. 


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. 


Water Security Alliance

ACCELERATOR FUND 

Project period: February 2017 – July 2017 

GW4 community leads 

University of Bath: Jan Hofman
University of Bristol: Thorsten Wagener
Cardiff University: Isabelle Durance (PI) 
University of Exeter: Zoran Kapelan 

Project overview 

The Water Security Alliance is a large regional alliance of academics from the four GW4 institutions, together with stakeholders, with a common vision of addressing the impact of global change on water to benefit people and ecosystems.


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.


Data Intensive Research

INITIATOR FUND 

Project period: January 2017 – June 2017 

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Jonathan Dawes, Mike Tipping
University of Bristol: William Browne (PI), Dave Cliff
Cardiff University: Stephen Fairhurst, Jonathan Gillard
University of Exeter: Susan Banducci, Richard Everson 

Project overview

Developing capacity for research and development in data science is a major national priority. The clearest evidence for this was the announcement in the March 2014 UK Budget speech of £42M funding for the establishment of the national Alan Turing Institute (ATI). Despite none of GW4 universities becoming part of ATI at the time of this award, each has well-established research strengths in many aspects of data science and is in the process of establishing their own research institute in data science and related topics. 


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. 


Photonic Biomimetics

Accelerator Fund

Project period: January 2017 – August 2017

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Professor Richard Trask
University of Bristol: Dr Heather Whitney, Dr Martin Lopez-Garcia
Cardiff University: Dr Stephen Lynch
University of Exeter: Dr Jacopo Bertololi

Project overview

This project will exploit recent results showing that seaweed develop specialised natural “opals”, 3D closely packed oil-droplet clusters, that show a strong blue iridescence.


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.