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Power of Innovation

Our Annual Review of innovation activity at the University of Edinburgh

By making connections with world-leading research and expertise, we unlock innovation and deliver solutions to the world’s biggest challenges.

Here at the University of Edinburgh, we enjoy a strong ethos of research without boundaries, be they between disciplines, countries or sectors. Across our five campuses, our researchers are co-located with entrepreneurs, patients and professionals, creating the conditions for exchanging ideas and expertise that unlock innovation.

Our staff and students come together across a wide range of disciplines and perspectives to address common challenges, and we work with universities, governments, businesses and NGOs from around the world to pioneer solutions to global problems.

Our many partnerships with industry and the public sector are facilitating world-class innovations, which has contributed to the University being ranked 5th in the world for industry, innovation and infrastructure in the Times Higher Education rankings for the second year running.

Photography credits: Callum Bennetts, Paul Dodds, Neil Hanna, and Speakeasy Productions Ltd.
Impact drives everything we do here at Edinburgh Innovations – supporting our students, staff and our partners to find solutions to the world’s biggest challenges.
Dr George Baxter, CEO of Edinburgh Innovations


An independent economic and social impact report found that Edinburgh researchers working with businesses and the public sector to address challenges in our focus areas of climate, data and health contribute £350 million annually, to a total £3.2 billion of research and knowledge exchange impact. These numbers clearly reflect our blossoming culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, and our impact.

Power of Innovation

Discover the biggest innovation projects, partnerships and successes across the University of Edinburgh's three core missions:

  • Tackling the climate and environmental crisis
  • Harnessing data, digital and AI for the public good
  • Shaping the future of health and care

Download our Annual Review of innovation activity at the University of Edinburgh