Abu Dhabi’s Advanced Technology Research Council (ATRC) announced that it had awarded AED 40 million ($ 10.8 million) in research funding to 53 successful R&D projects in eight key sectors in 2021.
Managed by ASPIRE, ATRC’s technology program management pillar – through its two programs -ASPIRE Award for Research Excellence (AARE) and ASPIRE Young Investigator Award (AYIA) – grant funding is allocated to entities in the fields of aerospace, education and social sciences, energy, environment, food and agriculture, health, ICT and manufacturing sectors.
Faisal Al Bannai, Secretary General of ATRC, said: “As a core priority of the Council, we are delighted to play our role in collaboration with higher education institutions across the country, incubating research projects that will contribute for the common good and will encourage sustainable progress in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates and beyond. The ATRC congratulates the winners and congratulates all participants on the exceptionally high level of enrollment in ASPIRE programs this year.
Dr Arthur Morrish, CEO of ASPIRE, said: “ASPIRE will manage the distribution of grants to our two key research programs which aim to foster a healthy competitive spirit and highlight the most valuable and forward-looking projects. -keepers. Such projects can now seamlessly move from concept to completion and from lab to market without disruption to ensure transformative global impact.
Fellows were selected from 370 proposals in both programs. AARE and AYIA are ongoing initiatives led by ASPIRE to stimulate synergies with research communities, accelerate the growth of Abu Dhabi’s research and development ecosystem and position the emirate as a hub of innovation.
An international group of peer reviewers from leading research institutions around the world reduced the large number of initial proposals based on criteria such as quality and originality of the research, feasibility of the proposal, relevance for the strategic sectors of Abu Dhabi, the qualifications of the candidates, the potential impact on the sector and the development of human capital.
In addition, appropriate weighting was given to applications demonstrating collaboration with industry, as well as inter-institutional and educational STEM engagement.
The AARE grant was open to all full-time faculty at higher education institutes geographically located in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and is growing steadily.
At the same time, AYIA program funding totaling AED 1 million is allocated to six outstanding research proposals in targeted thematic areas. The competitive funding program was open to young researchers from Abu Dhabi who are within six years of graduating from graduation (PhD or equivalent).
Research funded by the two programs is expected to advance scientific and technological development in Abu Dhabi, as well as foster meaningful partnerships between Abu Dhabi scientists and key academic and industrial players nationally and globally.
After its launch in November 2020, ASPIRE, the pillar of technology program management at ATRC, continues to nurture the research ecosystem through its corporate R&D programs and oversees major competitions that contribute to making advancing innovation and solving Abu Dhabi’s unique challenges as well as supporting the development of new technologies.
ASPIRE is a key partner of the “XPRIZE Feed the Next Billion” competition, funded by Ghadan 21, the Abu Dhabi acceleration program. The $ 15 million competition aims to find alternative protein solutions to end world hunger and boost food security. More recently, ASPIRE announced that it will host the next edition of the $ 3 million MBZIRC Maritime Grand Challenge which aims to find real-time solutions to maritime safety and security challenges. – TradeArabia News Service