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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
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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.

Our Research Areas
Sustainability, Environment and Energy
Food and Agriculture
Aerospace and Space
Safety & 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.


ASPIRE drives the creation of future transformative technologies by framing use-inspired research statements that solve tomorrow’s challenges. It sets grand challenges and international competitions that bring together the best of advanced technology ideation. By overseeing R&D projects under ATRC, ASPIRE ensures that there is a clear innovation path from ‘lab to market’.

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Technology Innovation Institute

The Technology Innovation Institute (TII), focuses on applied research and advanced technology capabilities, with 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, TII connects the intellectual community in Abu Dhabi and the UAE while contributing to the development of the knowledge-based economy.

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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...
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...
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...
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...
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.