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. Research programmes are funded through the Ghadan 21 government accelerator programme, aimed at improving Abu Dhabi’s competitiveness in the knowledge and innovation sector.

Our Research and Development mandate:

  • Collaborate with global partners to find solutions to locally and globally relevant challenges, focusing on the fields of aerospace, advanced materials, ICT and digital security, artificial intelligence, biotech, health and food, sustainability and energy.
  • Attract and foster some of the world's best researchers and talent to live and work in Abu Dhabi.
  • Establish a globally respected competitive funding platform.
  • Build research capacity in the Emirate and establish Abu Dhabi as a World leader in scientific research, innovation and technological development.
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 Programme (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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