Looking beyond what exists today to the breakthroughs we’ll need tomorrow

ARIA is empowering scientists to pursue breakthroughs at the edge of the possible. We have a big mission, and getting there won’t be easy. That’s why we’re building a new kind of research agency that does things differently.

ARIA’s programmes and projects are shaped and delivered by scientific and technical leaders with deep expertise and a focused, creative vision for how technology can enable a better future. We will fund and manage projects across the full spectrum of R&D disciplines, approaches, and institutions to achieve their goals.

Our core approach:


We back people, then projects.

This starts with our Programme Directors: a team of dynamic leaders with technical expertise and bold, focused visions. They retain creative control as they set the programme’s direction, and decide how to best fund the R&D community to advance their vision.


We were created for bold, long-term impact.

ARIA was built to pursue scientific and technological breakthroughs that will take years to play out. We have the autonomy and flexibility to go after programmes that seem far fetched, but could unlock world-changing capabilities.


We will activate the UK’s world class research community to act as a force multiplier.

Our programmes will reach across disciplines, sectors and institutions. We will fund work across the entire R&D ecosystem, from startups to universities, to break down silos and discover new pathways.


We are designed to be bold and nimble, but accountable.

Our independence allows us to pursue bold programmes, but that is only made possible through accountability. Our Board of Directors plays a critical role in scrutinising our strategy and ensuring good governance.


We believe entrepreneurial drive must advance science as well as technology.

The journeys to the greatest breakthroughs – from AI to space travel to DNA sequencing – have always combined a bold, seemingly unattainable vision with an embrace of experimentation and failure.

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History is made up of periods of steady progress where we’re building on the knowledge and learning that we’ve made as society. But then there are moments where there’s a shift, and we make a sudden leap forward. Whether it’s transistors, personal computers, vaccines, or even wind power, that shift is typically instigated by a small group of people who are willing to think differently about what might be possible. It’s that entrepreneurial approach – the ability to look beyond what’s possible, create a vision and bring it to reality – that pushes us forward. At the core, that’s what we’re betting on at ARIA.

– Ilan Gur, CEO

An ARIA programme starts with the emerging vision of a Programme Director. But it’s only made real by activating the creativity and ambition of the wider R&D community.

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