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Transformational Technologies for Breakthrough Innovations.

The Advanced Technology Research Council (ATRC) is the overarching advanced technology research body in Abu Dhabi and the UAE. The Council was established to shape research and development for transformative technology outcomes. Today, we are responsible for consolidating funds for efficient investment and driving policy and regulation for agile decision-making.

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Cultivating a Collaborative Scientific Community

Position Abu Dhabi as a world-leading R&D hub by attracting & retaining global talent in priority research areas.


Create a dynamic R&D ecosystem that provides opportunities and solves tomorrow’s challenges today.


Attract national research talent and support its development across the R&D ecosystem.


Contribute to Abu Dhabi’s knowledge economy through commercialization of R&D outputs locally & globally.


Develop local & global partnerships that reinforce social & economic impact.


Tackle Today's Challenges. Innovate for a better world.

Our Research Areas

We invest significantly in the development of our exceptional research facilities and centres. We access substantial funding in order to ensure that our team has the best advanced technology work environment.

Sustainability , Environment and Energy
Food and Agriculture
Aerospace and Space
Safety and Security
Our Pillars

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.


As ATRC's programme management pillar, ASPIRE drives the creation of future transformative technologies.

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Technology Innovation Institute

The Technology Innovation Institute (TII), is our knowledge driver and principal research body. It is home to a diverse community of leading multi-disciplinary scientists, engineers and mathematicians.

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Featured News

Every day, advanced technology innovations are happening in in Abu Dhabi and UAE across our ecosystem. Check the exciting developments on this page.

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Abu Dhabi’s ATRC Appoints Global Tech Executive as First CEO to Lead ASPIRE Dr Arthur Morrish brings 30+ years of professional experience in senior roles across industrie... Read more
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 gr... Read more
Advanced Technology Research Council Announces ‘ASPIRE’ – to Drive the Creation of Future Transformative Technologies The newly established Advanced Technology Research Council (ATRC) has today announced its plans to driv... Read more
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... Read more
Inspiring Ambition. Guiding Innovation.

What should tomorrow look like? And how will we get there together?

At the Advanced Technology Research Council (ATRC), we play a pioneering role in responding to the most pressing questions of our age – and have a unique place in shaping our future.


Discover more about us, our work and our ambitions for Abu Dhabi and the UAE.