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Technical Readiness & Performance Indicators
Improving Innovations’ Readiness

Technical Readiness Level
This metric is used to assess the maturity of a technology.
The scale consists of nine levels where each level characterizes the progress in the development of a technology, from the initial idea (Level 1) to the full uptake of the product into the marketplace (Level 9).

The objective of BRIGAID is to provide innovators with guidance to develop testing plans which increase the TRL of an innovation and its potential for market uptake.

Performance Indicators

Technical readiness is the performance and effectiveness of an innovation to reduce climate-related risks, as shown in field tests and operational environments.

BRIGAID assists in defining and performing the required tests to improve an innovation. We provide test guidelines to innovators to identify and advance an innovation’s Technical Readiness.

TRL 1. Basic principles observed. Scientific research begins to be translated into applied research and development (R&D). Examples might include paper studies of a technology’s basic properties.

TRL 2. Technology concept formulated. Invention begins. Once basic principles are observed, practical applications can be invented. Applications are speculative, and there may be no proof or detailed analysis to support the assumptions. Examples are limited to analytic studies.

TRL 3. Experimental proof of concept. Active R&D is initiated. This includes analytical studies and laboratory studies to physically validate the analytical predictions of separate elements of the technology. Examples include components that are not yet integrated or representative.

TRL 4. Technology validated in lab. Basic technological components are integrated to establish that they will work together. This is relatively “low fidelity” compared with the eventual system. Examples include integration of “ad hoc” hardware in the laboratory.

TRL 5. Technology validated in relevant environment. Fidelity of breadboard technology increases significantly. The basic technological components are integrated with reasonably realistic supporting elements so they can be tested in a simulated environment. Examples include “high-fidelity” laboratory integration of components.

TRL 6. Technology demonstrated in relevant environment. Representative model or prototype system, which is well beyond that of TRL 5, is tested in a relevant environment. Represents a major step up in a technology’s demonstrated readiness. Examples include testing a prototype in a high-fidelity laboratory environment or in a simulated operational environment.

TRL 7. System prototype demonstration in operational environment.Prototype near or at planned operational system. Represents a major step up from TRL 6 by requiring demonstration of an actual system prototype in an operational environment.

TRL 8. System complete and qualified. Technology has been proven to work in its final form and under expected conditions. In almost all cases, this TRL represents the end of true system development. Examples include developmental test and evaluation (DT&E) of the system in its intended weapon system to determine if it meets design specifications.

TRL 9. Actual system proven in operational environment (competitive manufacturing). The solution is used successfully in a structurally operational environment. The user can and wants to recommend the solution to others.

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