Inspiring Innovation

Championing. Nurturing. Inventing.

Welcome to
our future.

Building an innovation
pathway from lab to market.

The Advanced Technology Research Council (ATRC) is the overarching science and technology research body in Abu Dhabi – and the first organisation of its kind in the Middle East. Promoting transformative technologies to accelerate change, we define the Emirate’s research priorities and policies, align the R&D ecosystem, and allocate research funding. Our work stimulates and sustains a knowledge-based economy and reinforces Abu Dhabi and the UAE’s position as a global innovation hub.

Cultivating a Collaborative
Scientific Community

Championing Research

  • Strengthening Abu Dhabi and UAE's position as a world-leading R&D hub.
  • Investing in knowledge development.

Nurturing Talent

  • Developing Abu Dhabi and UAE as a global destination for technology talent.
  • Expanding the pipeline of local talent in advanced technology.

Driving Innovation

  • Creating an ecosystem to solve tomorrow’s problems today.
  • Developing local and global partnerships to fast-track breakthroughs.

Our Pillars

Shaping research and development for transformative technology outcomes, we are 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. Guiding breakthrough technologies, we are substantiating Abu Dhabi and the wider UAE as a desired home for advanced technology talent and a global hub for innovation.


We ask the questions that drive creation of future transformative technologies. We frame use-inspired research statements that solve tomorrow’s challenges, today, and set grand challenges and international competitions that bring together the best of advanced technology ideation. Responsible for programme management of R&D projects under ATRC, we ensure there is a clear innovation path from ‘lab to market’ for our clients and affiliates.

Technology Innovation Institute

Pushing the frontiers of knowledge and creating a culture of curiosity, we have established a world-class R&D Institute under ATRC that focuses on applied research and new age technology capabilities, with dedicated specialty centres. Working with exceptional talent, universities, research institutions and industry partners from all over the world, we are bringing together an intellectual community in the Middle East like never done before, while also contributing to the UAE’s thriving R&D ecosystem and broader knowledge-based economy.

Featured News

We create the optimal environment for a world-leading technology research ecosystem through the activities of two affiliated entities with expertise in Advanced Technology Programme Management and Applied Research.

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.

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 Council (ATRC), committed to reinforcing Abu Dhabi and the UAE’s status as a global hub for innovation and advanced technologies.

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...