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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Unlocking the Science for an Autonomous Structural Health Monitoring System

ACCELERATOR FUND 

Project period: October 2014 – April 2015 

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Alicia Kim
University of Bristol: Stephen Hallett
Cardiff University: Carol Featherston (PI) 
University of Exeter: Meiling Zhu 

Project overview

The primary vision of this collaboration is to become a world leading research consortium that advances the state of the art in wireless Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) in composite structures by bringing together the unique combination of expertise within GW4. 


Addressing ‘Gender-based Violence’

INITIATOR FUND 

Project period: May – July 2014 

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Tina Skinner
University of Bristol: Marianne Hester (PI) 
Cardiff University: Amanda Robinson
University of Exeter: Anthony Musson 

Project overview 

This community aimed to create a concrete network of GW4 Gender Based Violence researchers to build on existing links across GW4 and identify new and innovative collaborative research opportunities. 


Cognitive Bias Modification (CBM)

INITIATOR Fund

Project period: May – July 2014

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Sally Adams
University of Bristol: Ian Penton-Voak
Cardiff University: Chris Chambers
University of Exeter:  Anna Adlam

Project overview

This project has established a GW4 CBM community that was able to share knowledge, understand existing links and the extent of complementary expertise.


GW4 Epigenetics Consortium

INITIATOR Fund

Project period: May – July 2014

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Andrew Ward, Adele Murrell
University of Bristol: Caroline Relton, Matthew Hickman
Cardiff University: Anthony Isles, Stan Zammit
University of Exeter: Jonathan Mill, Katie Lunnon

Project overview

A cohesive and enthusiastic epigenetics community has been established, as well as a much clearer recognition of the respective skills and expertise across GW4 in this field.


GW4 Synthetic Biology Showcase

INITIATOR Fund

Project period: May – July 2014

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: David Leak
University of Bristol: Paul Race
Cardiff University: Dafydd Jones
University of Exeter: Thomas Howard

Project overview

Synthetic biology is the application of engineering principles to the understanding and design of biological systems. It is an inherently multidisciplinary research area covering a broad range of challenges including biofuels and bioenergy, the transition towards a bioeconomy, medical and health-care advances, food security and advanced materials manufacture.


GW4 Synthetic Biology Showcase

INITIATOR FUND

Project period: May – July 2014

GW4 COMMUNITY LEADS

University of Bath: David Leak
University of Bristol: Paul Race
Cardiff University: Dafydd Jones
University of Exeter: Thomas Howard

PROJECT OVERVIEW

This project has established a GW4 synthetic biology strategy group comprising researchers from all four universities which are now poised to push ahead with cross-institute collaborations.


Health-related Behaviour Change Interventions

INITIATOR Fund

Project period: May – July 2014

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Fiona Gillison, Afroditi Stathi, Julie Barnett
University of Bristol: Anne Haase, Simon Sebire, Russ Jago
Cardiff University: Sharon Simpson, Graham Moore
University of Exeter: Jane R Smith, Charles Abraham, Colin Greaves

Project overview

This project has developed stronger and wider multi-disciplinary links between individuals and departments/groups involved in health-related behaviour change. There is now a greater awareness of current work, expertise, potential future research areas and funding opportunities.