We are one of the leading UK universities in developing links between industry and academia, working closely with partners including Interface, the East of Scotland KTP Centre and Scottish Enterprise to match our expertise to business needs. We have 14 active Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) and in 2016 we were:

Read about some of our successful collaborations:


The Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Laser-based Production Processes opens the door for UK industry to a diverse range of new laser-based production processes and technologies, through a multi-disciplinary team of leading UK researchers and key industry partners. Read more about the work of the CIM-Laser Centre and our strategic alliance with Renishaw.

Reducing environmental impact

Tapping into the expertise and knowledge base at Heriot-Watt, this project sought to identify and implement a means of reducing the environmental impact of Caledonian Aerotech’s cleaning process, improve its effectiveness and realise large cost savings. Find out more about our collaboration with Caledonian Aerotech.

Global energy use

As part of BP’s Energy Outlook 2030, there is an ongoing need for a Statistical Review of global energy use. Read the case study on BP’s global energy use statistical review.

Design planning

A robust solution is required to automatically capture engineering processes/rationale that will fit seamlessly with industry standard design tools. Read the case study on design planning.

Remote condition monitoring

We have developed a device that can monitor a range of designated parameters such as temperature, pressure and humidity, in real-time and display the recorded information. Read the case study on remote condition monitoring.

Interface Food and Drink

Heriot-Watt is a partner in the Interface Food and Drink research network, designed to meet the research and innovation needs of Scottish food and drink companies. The network is a partnership of 17 Scottish universities and Interface Food & Drink, funded by partners including the Scottish Funding Council, trade associations and Scotland Food and Drink with contributions from companies and universities. Read more about our partnerships through Interface Food and Drink.