Pushing boundaries. Creating champions.
Seeking to solve tomorrow’s challenges today, at ASPIRE we will issue high profile competitions annually - locally and internationally - to identify the talented research teams and ground-breaking projects with the best potential to develop transformational technologies against a defined set of parameters.
MBZIRC Maritime Grand Challenge
Maritime Grand Challenge
In autumn 2023, the MBZIRC Maritime Grand Challenge will bring together universities, research institutions, and innovators from all over the world to find practical solutions to global maritime security challenges such as illegal fishing, piracy, smuggling, and human trafficking.
In the first experiment of its kind, teams will be required to pioneer heterogeneous collaboration between unmanned aerial vehicles and unmanned surface vehicles and perform complex navigation and manipulation tasks in a GNSS-denied environment off the coast of Abu Dhabi.
XPRIZE Feed the Next Billion
Feed the Next Billion
At ASPIRE, we are proud to partner with XPRIZE Feed the Next Billion – a $15M competition incentivizing teams to produce chicken and fish alternatives that replicate or outperform conventional protein in structure, versatility, sensory properties, and nutritional profile, while having a lower comparable environmental footprint.
The winning team – which will be announced in early 2024 – must develop multiple consistent cuts of raw chicken breast or fish fillet (weighing in at 115g or 4oz each). The competition is open to anyone, anywhere, including food scientists, technologists, and innovators.
FoodTech Challenge 2.0
Organized by the Ministry of Climate Change & Environment and Tamkeen, in association with ASPIRE, the FoodTech Challenge 2.0 seeks to find the next wave of technology innovations that are on the cusp of transforming food and traditional agriculture practices, efficiently and sustainably.