Working with visionary purpose, ASPIRE acts as Abu Dhabi’s technology wayfinder and catalyst – managing ‘Grand Challenges’ and co-ordinating the competitions that will shape our research for years to come.

As a critical component of ATRC, we liaise with leading stakeholders to articulate problem statements, design research projects and tackle challenges that resonate with society’s needs, manage advanced tech program, and ensure that Abu Dhabi’s technology research fulfils forward-looking capabilities locally and globally.

Targeting transformative success

With extensive investments behind our work, we explore the depths and breadths of possibility at the edge of science, helping our researchers succeed with targeted resources and support.

Embracing a culture of exploration, we pursue high-risk, high-impact ROIs, judging our impact by transformative successes, and not by a ‘trial and error’ journey.

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Our research focus is well aligned with Abu Dhabi’s core priority areas.
Sustainability, Environment and Energy
Food and Agriculture
Aerospace and Space
Safety and Security
In line with the Abu Dhabi Emirate's vision to be a global beacon for technology, innovation and talent, ASPIRE has been mandated with the growth and development of a holistic and world-class Research and Development ecosystem.
ASPIRE Award for Research Excellence (AARE)

Competitive funding program for outstanding research proposals in targeted areas within Abu Dhabi.

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ASPIRE Young Investigator Award (AYIA)

Competitive funding program open to researchers who are within 6 years of obtaining their terminal degree (PhD or equivalent) for outstanding research proposals in targeted areas within Abu Dhabi.

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Virtual Research Institutes Program (VRIs)

Competitive funding program for outstanding centre-based research proposals in targeted areas within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

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Visiting International Professorship Program (ViPs)

Funding program that aims to accelerate the research output of the emirate by attracting pre-eminent international researchers into Abu Dhabi’s research ecosystem.

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Seeking to solve tomorrow’s challenges today, at ASPIRE we will launch high profile competitions and grand challenges to engage innovators and talented research teams to develop ground-breaking solutions to the world’s most pressing problems.

Abu Dhabi The MBZIRC Maritime Grand Challenge
September, 2021
INTERNATIONAL Tomorrow’s Proteins - XPRIZE Plant-Based Competiton | ASPIRE
April, 2021

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