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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Plant-Soil Responses to Environmental Extremes

INITIATOR Fund

Project period: October 2014 – January 2015

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Kevin Briggs
University of Bristol: Claire Grierson
Cardiff University: Mike Harbottle
University of Exeter: Sarah De Baets


Pre-clinical Translational Biomedical Research Network

INITIATOR Fund

Project period: February – May 2016

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Dr T Perry, Dr R Gill
University of Bristol: Professor Raimondo Ascione
Cardiff University: 
Dr Chris Marshall, Dr Derek Jones
University of Exeter: Professor 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.


Prototypical Iterations in the Built Environment

Accelerator Fund

This project has been developed from the Initiator funded Flexible Formwork community.

Project period: May to November 2015

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Dr John Orr
University of Bristol: Dr Wendel Sebastian
Cardiff University: Dr Iulia Mihai
University of Exeter: Dr Prakash Kripakaran

Project overview

This community has the long-term vision to change the way that all structures are designed and operated within the built environment. This is crucial if we are to achieve global sustainability in the face of a growing population and increasing urbanisation.


Reconceptualising Conflict and Peacebuilding- New Ideas and Actors in a Changing World

INITIATOR Fund

Project period: September 2015 – January 2016

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Dr Oliver Walton, Dr Althea Rivas
University of Bristol: Dr Ryerson Christie
Cardiff University: Dr Elisa Wynne-Hughes
University of Exeter: Dr John Heathershaw

Project overview

This project responds to evolving global challenges relating to insecurity, inequality and shifting global power relations. Peace building is becoming increasingly central to global development policy, as demonstrated by its inclusion on the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals.


Reconceptualising Participation and Inclusion in Higher Education

INITIATOR Fund

Project period: September 2015 – January 2016

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Dr Andrea Abbas
University of Bristol: Dr Sue Timmis
Cardiff University: Professor David James
University of Exeter: Dr Deborah Osberg

Project overview

Our specific research focus is disadvantaged students and higher education (HE). The aim is to consolidate a network of researcher and practitioner capacity.


Release the Hypotheses! Tools & Techniques for Experimental Studies ‘in the Wild’

INITIATOR Fund

Project period: July – November 2016

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Professor Danaë Stanton Fraser, Professor Tim Ibell
University of Bristol: Dr Andy Skinner
Cardiff University: Professor Roger Whitaker, Professor David Linden
University of Exeter: Professor Mark Levine

Project overview

Psychology and allied behavioural science disciplines increasingly want to explore the human world beyond the laboratory in order to improve the resolution, significance, validity and robustness of studies.


Remediating the Archive

INITIATOR Fund

Project period: July – November 2016

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Dr Nina Parish
University of Bristol: Dr Leah Tether, Dr James Freeman
Cardiff University: Professor Anthony Mandal, Dr Jenny Kidd
University of Exeter: Professor Gabriella Giannachi, Gary Stringer

Project overview

‘Remediating the Network’ proposes to build a research community based in the intersection of two key areas of strength within GW4: archives/special collections and the digital humanities.


Research Working Group on Brain Injury (RWGBI)

Accelerator Fund

Project period: January 2017 – February 2018

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Professor Keith Stokes
University of Bristol: Dr Martin Bunnage
Cardiff University: Professor Derek Jones
University of Exeter: Professor 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