What we're working on

Every Programme Director joins ARIA with a vision for what the future could look like. But to fully shape that vision, and take it from impossible to inevitable, we need your inspiration and input.

This starts with an opportunity space – an area that we believe is likely to yield breakthroughs. We’ll publish our progress, solicit your feedback, push version updates, and highlight live funding opportunities here.

Our opportunity spaces are designed as an open invitation for researchers from across disciplines and institutions to learn with us and contribute. Even if you are new to a topic, we urge you to dive in – a variety of perspectives are just what we need to change what’s possible.

Programmable plants: a technology platform for sustainable abundance

Precisely interfacing with the human brain at scale

Scoping our planet: a new lens on climate science

Nature computes better – let’s catch up

Mathematics and modelling are the keys we need to unlock safe and transformative AI

Managing our climate and weather through responsible engineering

Smart machines need smarter bodies

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Programmable plants: a technology platform for sustainable abundance

The opportunity – Plants have paved the way for human existence and hold tremendous potential to solve some of our most pressing challenges such as food insecurity, climate change and environmental degradation. Programmable plants can secure our future on earth – providing not just food, but a sustainable and thriving biosphere for future generations.

What’s next – Angie is seeking feedback on this opportunity space and will soon be sharing a programme thesis. You can share feedback on the opportunity space and sign up for updates on funding opportunities.

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Managing our climate and weather through responsible engineering

The opportunity – If an abrupt alteration in a climate system were to unfold, we would have no tools to mitigate the effects. Through research, we could understand the science behind how we might intervene to responsibly manage the climate and weather. Read more in this Q&A with Mark and ARIA CEO Ilan Gur

What’s next – Mark is seeking feedback on this opportunity space and will soon be sharing a programme thesis. You can share feedback on the opportunity space and sign up for updates on funding opportunities.

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Precisely interfacing with the human brain at scale

The opportunity – Neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders are the cause of an overwhelming societal and economic burden. We need to build highly targeted, minimally invasive technologies that enable us to interface, at scale, with the human brain.

What’s next – Jacques is seeking feedback on this programme thesis, before launching a programme funding opportunity. You can read the opportunity space and share feedback on the programme thesis now.

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Nature computes better – let’s catch up

The opportunity – We can redefine the way computers process information by exploiting principles found ubiquitously in nature. In doing so, we can better understand how the natural world around us performs computation and build dramatically more efficient computers.

What’s next – Full proposals will be accepted for the programme, Scaling Compute: AI at 1/1000th the cost, from 15.04.2024. You can apply for opportunity seeds in Nature Computes Better now.

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Scoping our planet: a new lens on climate science

The opportunity – Current Earth system measurements have serious gaps that lead to uncertainties in weather forecasting and climate predictions. By harnessing the power of optics we can fill these gaps, equipping society to respond confidently to the climate crisis.

What’s next – Gemma + Sarah are seeking feedback on this opportunity space and will soon be sharing a programme thesis. You can share feedback on the opportunity space and sign up for updates on funding opportunities.

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Mathematics and modelling are the keys we need to unlock safe and transformative AI

The opportunity – We don’t yet have known technical solutions to ensure that powerful AI systems interact as intended with real-world systems and populations. A combination of scientific world-models and mathematical proofs may be the answer to ensuring AI provides transformational benefit without harm.

What’s next – You can now apply for the first solicitation, TA1.1 Theory, in the Safeguarded AI programme.

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Smart machines need smarter bodies

The opportunity – Throughout history, humans have used tools and machines to reduce the burden of physical labour. We are entering a new era with robots smart enough to act independently in complex and dynamic environments. But smart machines with dumb bodies will only get us so far.

What’s next – Jenny is seeking feedback on this programme thesis, before launching a programme funding opportunity. You can read the opportunity space and share feedback on the programme thesis now.