Programmes

Our programmes are designed to advance complex, large-scale ideas which require coordinated investment and management across disciplines and institutions.

Designed and overseen by our Programme Directors, with feedback from the R&D community, an ARIA programme seeks to unlock a scientific or technical capability that:

  • changes the perception of what’s possible or valuable
  • has the potential to catalyse massive social and economic returns
  • is unlikely to be achieved without ARIA’s intervention

To build a programme, each Programme Director directs the review, selection, and funding of a portfolio of projects, whose collective aim is to unlock breakthroughs that advance their impact on society.

See below for all our live programme funding opportunities.

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Our programmes

Precision Neurotechnologies

Programme Director: Jacques Carolan

The goal is to unlock new methods to understand, identify, and treat neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders.

Submit your concept paper by 29 July.

Robot Dexterity

Programme Director: Jenny Read

The goal is to transform robotic capabilities and unlock a step change in human productivity.

Submit your concept paper by 24 July.

Scaling Compute

Programme Director: Suraj Bramhavar

The goal is to increase and open up new vectors of progress in the field of computing by reducing the cost of AI hardware.

This programme is currently closed for applications.

Safeguarded AI

Programme Director: David ‘davidad’ Dalrymple

The goal is to usher in a new era for AI safety, allowing us to unlock the full economic and social benefits of advanced AI systems while minimising risks.

This programme is currently closed for applications.

Our theses

The following theses underpin programmes that are currently in development at ARIA. We share an early formulation and invite you to provide feedback to help us refine our thinking.

Programme thesisProgramme Director Opportunity spaceStatusDownload the thesis [PDF]
Forecasting Tipping Points: Uniting climate measurements and models to create an early warning systemGemma Bale + Sarah BohndiekScoping Our PlanetSeeking feedbackSee more
Exploring Options for Actively Cooling the EarthMark SymesFuture Proofing Our Climate and WeatherSeeking feedbackSee more
Synthetic Plants for a Sustainable FutureAngie BurnettProgrammable PlantsSeeking feedbackSee more
Programme thesis

Forecasting Tipping Points: Uniting climate measurements and models to create an early warning system

Programme Director

Gemma Bale + Sarah Bohndiek

Opportunity space

Scoping Our Planet

Status

Seeking feedback

Download the thesis [PDF]
Programme thesis

Exploring Options for Actively Cooling the Earth

Programme Director

Mark Symes

Opportunity space

Future Proofing Our Climate and Weather

Status

Seeking feedback

Download the thesis [PDF]
Programme thesis

Synthetic Plants for a Sustainable Future

Programme Director

Angie Burnett

Opportunity space

Programmable Plants

Status

Seeking feedback

Download the thesis [PDF]
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