May 2014, Brussels – The European Association of Research and Technology Organisations (EARTO) have published a policy paper on, ‘The TRL Scale as an R&I Policy Tool’, identifying am increased use of the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) scale as a planning tool for innovation management.
The policy paper discusses observed limitations and challenges related to the use of the scale as a funding selection and review tool.
In almost all cases, this TRL represents the end of true system development.
Examples include developmental test and evaluation of the system in its intended weapon system to determine if it meets design specifications.
Click to see the paper, ‘The TRL Scale as a Research & Innovation Policy Tool, EARTO Recommendations’.
Once basic principles are observed, practical applications can be invented. This includes analytical studies and laboratory studies to physically validate that the analytical predictions of separate elements of the technology.However, with H2020 raising the importance of exploitation and market introduction of project outputs, TRL should no longer be the sole means of measuring project progress.In this context, we consider it important to briefly reiterate concept and context of Technology Readiness Levels.They are determine during a Technology Readiness Assessment (TRA) that examines program concepts, technology requirements, and demonstrated technology capabilities.TRL are based on a scale from 1 to 9 with 9 being the most mature technology.The primary systems engineering objective is to gain sufficient technical knowledge to develop the program’s System Requirements Document (SRD) and to verify that the system solution(s) required technology is sufficiently mature, has a TRL 6 or above, before proceeding into an end-item design or Milestone B.The Technology Development Strategy (TDS) will describe how a program plans to mature it’s CTE before proceeding into Milestone B.The use of TRLs enables consistent, uniform, discussions of technical maturity across different types of technologies.Decision authorities will consider the recommended TRLs when assessing program risk. Once basic principles are observed, practical applications can be invented. This includes analytical studies and laboratory studies to physically validate analytical predictions of separate elements of the technology.Actual application of the technology in its final form and under mission conditions, such as those encountered in operational test and evaluation.Examples include using the system under operational mission conditions.