Research and innovation

Discover our research

Based on our established excellence in discovery science and ambitions for our research, we have three areas where we aim to make a significant difference.

These are our research missions, full of stories of how our extraordinary research is advancing knowledge, breaking barriers and unlocking innovation

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Shaping the future of health and care

We are empowering people to enjoy healthier, longer and more fulfilling lives, through innovation in physical and mental health and care.

The future of health and care
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Harnessing data, digital and AI

We are marshalling cutting edge data, digital and AI technologies to unlock solutions to a range of environmental, social and economic challenges.

Data, digital and AI
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Tackling the climate and environmental crisis

We are helping tackle the climate emergency, marshalling our research to understand the causes and effects of climate change, and to help communities adapt to and mitigate its impact.

Climate and environmental crisis

Global Health Map

See where our research and innovation in health are making a difference around the world via our interactive map. 

Global Health Map

Edinburgh Research Explorer

Edinburgh Research Explorer is the hub for exploring our pioneering research activity.

Edinburgh Research Explorer

Supporting our research community

Explore resources that help everyone do their best work at Edinburgh

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Support for research

Every member of our research and innovation community is valued and supported to realise their full potential. Find out more about the resources available to researchers, innovators, PhD students and technical staff

Edinburgh Research Office

Research staff hub

Institute for Academic Development support for different research roles

Our research and innovation is international. The Global Partnerships Team offers guidance on how to develop collaborations to maximise your global impact.  

Global Partnerships Team

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Support for impact and innovation

Our research and innovation is influential. Learn more about the resources available to help our work inform decisions within policy, industry, practice and the public. 

Engagement for Impact Hub [University login required]

Engage with policymakers [University login required]

Edinburgh Innovations - support for staff 

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Research environment

Our research practices maintain the highest standards of ethics and integrity, upholding values of honesty, rigour, transparency and open communication in our research and innovation. Find out more about how we are doing this.

Principles of Global Engagement

Ethical Action in Global Research

Animal research

Research Integrity 

Research Cultures

Work with us

Find out how you can join us in making our research and innovation work for a better world

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By connecting academic expertise with industry and public sector partners, we unlock innovation and make ideas work for a better world. We create companies based on our extraordinary research, with investment opportunities available.

Edinburgh Innovations - support for industry 

Old College Capital (OCC) is the University of Edinburgh’s venture investment fund. OCC manages Edinburgh’s early-stage investment activities and shareholdings, supporting exciting ideas and technologies emerging from the University.

Old College Capital 

Policy engagement

Our experts help decision makers shape policies that are evidence-led and informed.  Find out how to engage with our world-class researchers. 

Research Engagement and Impact Team