MOHAMMED BIN RASHID CENTRE
FOR ACCELERATED RESEARCH

The Mohammed bin Rashid Center for Accelerated Research aims to produce useful views on how the world could change in the future. We do this through advisory services and specialist reports on emerging trends in technology, science, geopolitics and society. It is a government think tank and a global funding platform, supporting public and private sector decision makers.

Geopolitics

understanding our region & its place on the global stage

Tech

clear explanations of emerging technology

Science

insight into how science could change our lives

Society

exploring how culture & community are changing

Innovation has no borders. The future requires the skills and talents of us all. Only by working together can we build a better world, both on this planet and beyond.

Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

ORIGINAL – CLEAR – USEFUL

The best way to seize new opportunities, as well as tackle global challenges, is to accelerate how new knowledge is produced and then how it is used. The Mohammed bin Rashid Center for Accelerated Research was founded with two programs that aim to challenge this: a collection of research reports looking at future issues; and a funding platform crowdsourcing proposals for ways of living and working in space.

If you are interested in getting involved, want to pitch us an idea for a paper or partner on a funding platform, please email research@dubaifuture.gov.ae

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ABOUT MBR CENTRE FOR ACCELERATED RESEARCH

  • The Mohammed bin Rashid Center for Accelerated Research is a project of the Dubai Future Foundation, a government-backed organisation charged with shaping the future of strategic sectors in Dubai.

    • Analysis by our team of researchers & experts
    • Co-produced projects with partners
    • Commissioned commentary and papers
    • Crowdsourced funding for a series of government challenges
  • Sometimes our role is to provide fast-turnaround analysis directly for colleagues in the Dubai government. Other times, we produce public commentary on issues that our team think deserve more attention. We have two founding programs: a collection of research reports looking at future issues; and a funding platform crowdsourcing proposals for ways of living and working in space.

    Our products range from broad horizon-scanning to specialist reports. We want to develop clear views on the latest trends in technology, science, geopolitics and society. But there is a strict focus on work that can best support public and private sector decision makers. We prioritise work that can have the greatest impact on current debates and issues.

    We also, when possible, try to reach a larger audience, supporting the development of a knowledge ecosystem in the UAE and beyond. This includes experimenting with novel research methods and communication channels. However, the Centre is not a technology or science laboratory. We concentrate on developing original thinking and making sure the right insights are delivered at the right time to those who need them.

RESEARCH FUNDING CYCLE ONE: SPACE SETTLEMENT

The cycle supports the UAE’s space-related initiatives, including UAE Mars City and the Mars 2117 program.

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The global space economy value

We welcome exploratory proposals from all areas of research pursuing new concepts, solutions, and business models for living and working in space, the Moon, and on Mars. Innovative high-risk, high-reward projects that would be difficult to fund otherwise are preferred.

CYCLE ONE WILL START JANUARY 2018