From discovery to application, our pioneering research delivers results with far reaching global impact, helping transform societies and drive economies.
World-leading research focuses on finding solutions to major global challenges through significant international collaborations and connectivity to business. Our multi-disciplinary, award-winning research shapes the future by building capacity and capability.
Heriot-Watt University was ranked the 9th university in the UK and 1st in Scotland for research impact.REF 2014
The National RobotariumA world-leading centre, creating innovative solutions to global challenges through pioneering research, delivering substantial benefits for society.
Net ZeroLeading expertise across the energy spectrum is already positioned to accelerate decarbonisation and the goal of a carbon neutral future.
The Lyell CentreThe Lyell Centre is an inspired fusion of Earth and marine geosciences and technology, created in partnership with the British Geological Survey.
Our Economic Recovery Prospectus illustrates our dedication to supporting the global recovery efforts in relation to Covid-19.
Our frontier research coupled with our interdisciplinary approach and close collaboration with research users has direct impact on real-world problems.
82% of our research is world-leading or internationally excellent.REF 2014
Blue EconomyWe are research leaders across key Blue Economy sectors from aquaculture and marine biotechnology to tourism, energy and marine renewables.
QuantumOur £35M Quantum Technology funding portfolio is one of the largest in Scotland with 400 outputs cited in the top 10% articles in the world.
Smart constructionOur construction research has no boundaries, spanning core expertise and transferrable research from Infrastructure and Environment to Robotics.
Social inclusionThe Institute for Social Policy, Housing, Equalities Research plays a pivotal role in UK and international efforts to address extreme disadvantage.
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Ideas and solutions
Since 1821 we have been at the forefront of new ideas and solutions, creating radical innovations that make a difference in the real world.
Public engagementWorking with the public is vital to Heriot-Watt's mission to create and exchange knowledge for the benefit of society.
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