ARIA is an R&D funding agency built to unlock scientific and technological breakthroughs that benefit everyone.
Many of society’s most important advances have stemmed from those with the foresight to pursue new capabilities that most believed to be unattainable.
ARIA empowers scientists and engineers with the resources and freedom to pursue those breakthroughs.
Many will fail to meet their target, but their efforts will inspire the next generation. Those that do succeed will generate massive social and economic returns.
Find out more about our approach here.
ARIA’s Programme Directors are scientists and engineers with diverse fields of expertise and a range of experience across industry, academia and government. They’re tasked with developing a concrete vision for how technology could enable a better future, and directing funding into research that can make it a reality.
Find out more about what they’re working on and how to get involved here.
Angie sees plants as a tech platform to provide sustainable resources. She’ll direct funding into exploring programmable plants and their potential to solve some of humanity’s most pressing problems.
davidad wants to uncover technical solutions that ensure powerful AI systems interact as intended. He’ll be funding research using mathematics and modelling to unlock safe and transformative AI.
Gemma and Sarah want to improve climate predictions. They will be funding research into how breakthroughs in optics may transform climate monitoring.
Jacques wants to reimagine ways to interface with the human nervous system. He’ll direct funding into uncovering minimally-invasive treatments for brain disorders that can be implemented at scale.
Jenny will explore advances in robotic hardware to unlock the potential of intelligent machines. She’ll direct funding into areas such as new materials for robot bodies or co-designing hardware and control.
Mark is focused on mitigating or preventing climate and weather disasters. He’ll fund research aimed at developing a scientific framework for responsible climate and weather intervention technologies.
Suraj aims to redefine the way computers process information. He’ll direct funding into how we can build dramatically more efficient computers using principles ubiquitously found in nature.
Our success is shaped by one question: when the children of the UK grow up, how will their lives have been transformed by ARIA’s work? Whether that’s a life-changing technology or a burgeoning new industry, it should be obvious that ARIA played a catalytic role.
To get there, we’ll need to relentlessly focus on long-term impact over easy wins. The journeys to the greatest science and technology breakthroughs have always combined a seemingly unattainable vision with resilience in the face of setbacks. We’ll need to embrace experimentation and intentional changes of course. As we do, we’ll generate new ideas and uncover new paths forward.
Above all: we’ll need to support bold researchers with the foresight to look beyond what exists today to the breakthroughs we’ll need tomorrow.