Driving the creation
of future transformative technologies

Purposeful. Wayfinder. Catalyst.

We guide the development of Abu Dhabi and the UAE’s
advanced technology research.

Programme management
that inspires innovation

We focus exclusively on commissioning research that leads to pioneering advances, with a mindset to deliver technology for practical application.

We inspire impactful advances in technology discovery by:

Shaping Abu Dhabi’s R&D strategy

Responding to evolving market dynamics

Identifying high-profile problems and challenges

Funding research

Managing R&D projects



By 2050, Earth’s population will be 9.7 billion. Demand for high protein products is increasing while impact from meat production practices devastates our planet. We need new ways to feed the next billion humans.


Our Purpose

Define problem statements

Monitor the key drivers of new technology outcomes

Facilitate by selecting research partners and allocating funding

Research Projects

At ASPIRE, we frame research statements with clear benefits in mind.

Working in close consultation with researchers, innovators and cross-sector industry stakeholders from all levels of the local and international R&D ecosystem, we ensure that our research projects have a clear path to successful application.

Competitions and grand challenges

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

Advanced Technology Research Council

Advanced Technology Research Council shapes research and development for transformative technology outcomes. It is responsible for defining Abu Dhabi’s research strategy across academia and industry, consolidating funds for efficient investment, and driving policy and regulation for agile decision-making. By guiding breakthrough technologies, it is establishing Abu Dhabi and the wider UAE as a desired home for advanced technology talent and a global hub for innovation.


Technology Innovation Institute

Technology Innovation Institute, the dedicated ‘applied research’ pillar of Advanced Technology Research Council (ATRC), is a pioneering global research and development centre that focuses on applied research and new-age technology capabilities. The Institute has seven initial dedicated research centres in quantum, autonomous robotics, cryptography, advanced materials, digital security, directed energy and secure systems.

By working with exceptional talent, universities, research institutions and industry partners from all over the world, the Institute connects an intellectual community and contributes to building an R&D ecosystem in Abu Dhabi and the UAE. The Institute reinforces Abu Dhabi and the UAE’s status as a global hub for innovation and contributes to the broader development of the knowledge-based economy.


Latest News

Follow all the ground-breaking developments along with the latest competition and research announcements from ASPIRE. Catch up on our news releases.

24 May 2021

Abu Dhabi’s Advanced Technology Research Council Appoints Global Tech Executive as First CEO to Lead ASPIRE

Dr Arthur Morrish brings 30+ years of professional experience in senior roles across industries to his new post as chief executive officer of ASPIRE, which drives the creation of future transformative technologies as the programme management pillar of ATRC

11 February 2021

Bringing the future to life in Abu Dhabi

A cluster of shipping containers in a city centre is about the last place you’d expect to find salad growing. Yet for the past year, vertical farming startup Madar Farms has been using this site in Masdar City, Abu Dhabi, to grow leafy green vegetables using 95 per cent less water than traditional agriculture.

7 December 2020

Advanced Technology Research Council’s ASPIRE Partners with XPRIZE “Feed the Next Billion” International Competition

ASPIRE to support competition that seeks to discover how humanity will feed the next billion...

25 November 2020

Advanced Technology Research Council Announces ‘ASPIRE’ – to Drive the Creation of Future Transformative Technologies

ASPIRE frames problem statements with cross-sector industry stakeholders, universities and research institutes...

10 November 2020

Abu Dhabi unveils a pioneering global centre for advanced technology research

Abu Dhabi has unveiled the Technology Innovation Institute (TII), the dedicated applied research pillar of the Advanced Technology Research...

31 October 2020

Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed meets first Emiratis selected for Advanced Technology Research Council’s new ‘NexTech’ Programme

HH attends workshop with 45 exceptional UAE nationals chosen for advanced technology research programme...

18 August 2020

Abu Dhabi’s Advanced Technology Research Council sets future R&D Priorities

His Highness Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council...

27 May 2020

Mohamed bin Zayed appoints ATRC’s Secretary General

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander...

27 May 2020

Mohamed bin Zayed establishes ATRC’s board

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander...

27 May 2020

Khalifa bin Zayed issues law establishing Advanced Technology Research Council

Expanding the breadth and depth of an already thriving R&D ecosystem, ATRC will strengthen Abu Dhabi’s position...