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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Child Injury Research Community (CIRC)

INITIATOR Fund

Project period: October 2014 – January 2015

GW4 community leads

University of Bristol: Alan Emond
Cardiff University: Alison Kemp, Michael Jones
University of Exeter: Philippe.G.Young

Project overview

  • New imaging modalities have been identified to inform engineering head form design
  • New prospects for tissue material properties have been identified
  • Methodological links with national cohort studies (ALSPAC)
  • Structures to underpin research programme design (Haddon matrix analytical framework)
  • Additional international collaborators have been identified in Rotterdam, Singapore
  • A future research agenda and direction
  • Baseline datasets were identified within the CHIRC institutions to potentiate more baseline analysis to inform research application
  • Group to apply for GW4 Accelerator funding

Children and Young People’s Suicide and Self-Harm Research Collaboration

Initiator Fund

Project period: October 2014 – January 2015 

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Paul Stallard, Jeffery Gavin
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

Project overview

The research community will assemble around the theme of suicide and self-harm in children and young people, with a specific focus on the development and evaluation of complex interventions within educational settings.  


Dying Well After a Long Life

INITIATOR Fund

Project period: October 2014 – January 2015 

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Tony Walter (PI) 
University of Bristol: Liz Lloyd
Cardiff University: Jenny Kitzinger
University of Exeter: Kerry Jones 

Project overview

This community aimed to bring together academics from across GW4 with research expertise relevant to elderly dying to develop a collaborative research programme.


GW4 Imaging Network

INITIATOR Fund

Project period: October 2014 – January 2015

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Silvia Munoz-Descalzo, Jim Caunt
University of Bristol: Mark Jepson
Cardiff University: Jim Murray, Peter Watson, Joaquin de Navascues Melero
University of Exeter: Michael Deeks, Jacqueline Christmas, George Littlejohn, Jeremy Metz

Project overview

Three cross-disciplinary project proposals have been generated. The first is MRC/Wellcome Trust-facing, the second is BBSRC facing (both currently submitted as an Accelerator application) and the third is targeted towards RCUK.


Large Scale Brain Networks in Health and Disease

INITIATOR Fund

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 (PI) 

Project overview 

We aim to establish an active research community across GW4 to stimulate research collaborations that integrate experimental and clinical approaches with mathematical and computational modelling of brain networks. 


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 (PI) 
Cardiff University: Peter Smowton
University of Exeter: Geoff Nash 

Project overview

This community will bring together overlapping synergies in nanoscale device fabrication, design and measurement to develop a radically new set of multifunctional sensors that will make a major impact in a range of sensing applications. 


The GW4 Aging and Dementia (GW4AD) Consortium

INITIATOR Fund

Project period: October 2014 – January 2015 

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Roy Jones, Robert Williams
University of Bristol: Patrick Kehoe, Seth Love
Cardiff University: Mike Owen, Julie Williams, Nigel Williams, John Gallacher
University of Exeter: Katie Lunnon (PI), Jonathan Mill, David Llewellyn, Iain Lang 

Project overview

The community aimed to bring together dementia researchers and practitioners across the four GW4 sites, building upon our individual strengths and enabling us to produce a joint strategy for future research and to identify synergies that will maximize chances of securing future funding.  


The Role of Science in Society and Policy

INITIATOR Fund

Project period: October 2014 – January 2015

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Anna Gilmore, David Miller
University of Bristol: Stephan Lewandowsky
Cardiff University: Lorraine Whitmarsh
University of Exeter: Jason Reifler