Our award-winning research is building the future.
Our Future Makers
Our multi-disciplinary, award-winning research shapes the future by building capacity and capability.
Solving wicked problems
Professor Susan Krumdieck's research into the complex supply and demand dynamics of energy transition is at the forefront of the race to net zero.
The sustainability of construction and demolition has long been a research focus for engineer, and pioneer in sustainable construction, Professor Gabriela Medero.
Ground-breaking artificial intelligence research with robots that can learn language and interact socially with pioneering applications across global industry.
Find out how our research is delivering real results with far-reaching impact.
World-leading research focuses on finding solutions to major global challenges through significant international collaborations and connectivity to business.
86.8% of our research is ranked world-leading and internationally excellent.Research Excellence Framework 2021
The National Robotarium
A world-leading centre, creating innovative solutions to global challenges through pioneering research, delivering substantial benefits for society.
Leading experts across our research specialisms are already positioned to accelerate decarbonisation and energy transition to reach Net Zero.
The Lyell Centre
The Lyell Centre is an inspired fusion of Earth and marine geosciences and technology, created in partnership with the British Geological Survey.
Our leading research is finding solutions to the challenges of living sustainably and achieving net zero, and is a pillar of our sustainability strategy.
Our frontier research coupled with our interdisciplinary approach and close collaboration with research users has direct impact on real-world problems.
88.6% of our research outputs are ranked world-leading and internationally excellent.Research Excellence Framework 2021
Our research expertise spans marine sciences and blue economy sectors from aquaculture and marine biotech to tourism and marine renewables.
Future-shaping and world-leading research that generates ideas, develops models and applies expertise for the benefit of science and society.
Our Quantum Technology funding portfolio is one of the largest in Scotland with outputs cited in the top 10% in the world.
Our construction research spans core expertise and transferrable research from infrastructure and environment to robotics and circular manufacturing.
Read about our headline-making research and innovation.
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.
Working with the public is vital to Heriot-Watt's mission to create and exchange knowledge for the benefit of society.
Explore our research portal, searchable by experts, schools, institutes and research groups.
Find out how we are supporting global recovery efforts in our Economic Recovery Prospectus.
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