World-leading research at Aston
Our mission is to deliver research that changes lives for the better. As a public research university, we foster collaboration between students, academics and industry leaders, bringing together people from all backgrounds and disciplines in the pursuit of knowledge, academic excellence, and a better world. For over 70 years, we’ve pushed boundaries at the heart of the UK’s second city. We’ve embraced diversity, led change, and championed learning. We empower our researchers with access to cutting-edge facilities and investment opportunities. And we aim to magnify the impact of our research beyond academia, to the benefit of all.
University Research Institutes
Our research institutes are dynamic, multidisciplinary teams dedicated to advancing key areas of research. With a focus on overarching themes, they conduct groundbreaking studies spanning diverse topics within their respective fields. Their mission is to address local, national, and global challenges, driving innovation and fostering transformative change.
Aston Digital Futures Institute (ADFI)
Developing digital tech solutions to challenges facing global society
Aston Institute for Forensic Linguistics (AIFL)
Improving the delivery of justice through the analysis of language, from police interviewing techniques to legal texts
Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies (AIPT)
Making significant achievements in all aspects of light-based Information and communication technology
Energy and Bioproducts Research Institute (EBRI)
Conducting world-class research into all aspects of bioenergy, as well as developing new bioproducts and services
Research by College
College of Business and Social Sciences
Uniting the study of language, history, culture, politics, sociology, commerce and enterprise to deliver innovation and opportunity
College of Health and Life Sciences
Bridging the gap between laboratory and clinic to help scientists and practitioners make a real difference in their communities
Supporting our Researchers
RKE Support for Research
Find out more about the range of support offered by the Research and Knowledge Exchange Team, including funding opportunities and grant application support
Library Support for Research
The Library provides a range of resources and services to support research and services to support research at Aston
West Midlands Innovation Accelerator
We are proud recipients of funding for three ground-breaking projects to be delivered as part of the West Midlands Innovation Accelerator. It aims to bolster the region’s innovation and R&D capability and capacity to spark commercial growth and investment.
First announced in the Government’s 2022 Levelling up White Paper, the West Midlands Innovation Accelerator commenced in May 2023, funded through a share of a £100m fund from Innovate UK. We are leading the Biochar Clean Tech Accelerator, which will build on our existing research facilities to unlock growth opportunities and target export contracts worth over £200 million of low carbon products produced by a regional industrial cluster. We also play a key role in two other projects; West Midlands Health Tech Innovation Accelerator, led by University of Birmingham and DIATOMIC, led by Connected Places Catapult. Together, we're driving innovation and propelling the West Midlands forward.