The GW4 Alliance has invested over £2.8m in 87 collaborative research communities, which are addressing major global and industrial challenges and have generated £35.8m in research income. This means that for every £1 GW4 spends on collaborative research communities, we capture £13 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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Large Scale Brain Networks in Health and Disease

INITIATOR Fund

This project has been awarded Accelerator funding for the Large Scale Brain Networks in Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders community.

Project period: October 2014 – January 2015

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Roland Jones
University of Bristol: Matt Jones
Cardiff University: Vincenzo Crunelli
University of Exeter: Marc Goodfellow


Large Scale Brain Networks in Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders

Accelerator Fund

This project has been developed from the Initiator funded Large Scale Brain Networks in Health and Disease community.

Project period: May to November 2015

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Roland Jones
University of Bristol: Richard Apps, Nina Kazanina
Cardiff University: Vincenzo Crunelli
University of Exeter: Marc Goodfellow, Jon Brown

Project overview

This project will be cross-disciplinary, combining theory, clinical data and experiments. A broad aim of our network is to stimulate research collaborations that integrate experimental and clinical approaches with mathematical and computational modelling of brain networks.


Media and Criminal Justice Studies Network

Initiator and Accelerator Fund

Project period: September 2015 – January 2016, July 2016 – March 2017

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Dr Sarah Moore
University of Bristol: Dr Alex Clayton, Dr Eleanor Rycroft
Cardiff University: Dr Inaki Garcia-Blanco
University of Exeter: Dr Sarah Cooper

Project overview

Our research community brings together academics from the social sciences, arts, and humanities to understand the production, distribution, and reception of as-live courtroom footage. From this we aim to identify how courtroom broadcasting might influence public confidence, trust, and knowledge about criminal justice.


Modern British History and Politics

INITIATOR and Accelerator Fund

Project period: October 2014 – January 2015 (Initiator), May to November 2015 (Accelerator)

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: David Cutts, David Moon
University of Bristol: Mark Wickham-Jones, Hugh Pemberton, Sarah Childs
Cardiff University: Peter Dorey, Stephen Thornton
University of Exeter: David ThackerayRichard Toye

Project overview

Our aim is to develop and strengthen our scholarly activities as a research cluster offering innovative and significant projects, with a distinct commitment to a cross-disciplinary approach.


Nanoscale Sensors for Healthcare and the Environment [NANOSENSE]

Accelerator Fund

Project period: October 2014 – April 2015

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Philip Shields, Duncan Allsopp
University of Bristol: Martin Cryan
Cardiff University: Peter Smowton
University of Exeter: Geoff Nash

Project overview

The community was formed from four internationally renowned optoelectronics research groups at Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter.


New Paradigms of Social Protection- Policies, Impacts and Outcomes

INITIATOR Fund

Project period: February – May 2016

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Rana Jawad
University of Bristol: Patricia Kennett
Cardiff University: Rod Hick

Project overview

This project aims to build an interdisciplinary GW4 community around the international and comparative study of social protection in regions of the world that are often left under-explored in academic research: the Middle East and North Africa, East and South East Asia, Latin America and Africa.


Paramagnetic Species for Catalysis and Materials Applications

INITIATOR Fund

Project period: May – July 2014

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Mike Whittlesey
University of Bristol: 
Robin Bedford
Cardiff University: 
Damien Murphy

Project overview

This project has developed a new GW4 community with interests in the catalytic and materials applications of paramagnetic species.


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.