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BIRAC explains facts on Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs)


Originally introduced by NASA, the TRL scale is a metric with nine technology readiness levels for describing the maturity of a technology from ideation stage (TRL-1) to highest degree of application/commercial readiness (TRL-9).

By Team ABLE

Technology readiness levels(TRLs) is a measure of estimating technology maturity of core technologies in a program during the selection process and in subsequent monitoring and evaluation phases until these technologies, or products utilizing them, attain market readiness. 

Originally introduced by NASA, the TRL scale is a metric with nine technology readiness levels for describing the maturity of a technology from ideation stage (TRL-1) to highest degree of application/commercial readiness (TRL-9). Levels in between covers establishment of proof of concepts, prototype developments, functional validations from models to real operational environments and clearances of mandatory regulatory barriers between levels towards market introduction of these technologies/products.

NASA Technology Readiness levels

BIRAC says it has an inherent system of distributing the projects into different thematic areas for effective selection process, efficient project monitoring for technology maturation and for tracking investments against outputs in each sector. 

Keeping NASA TRLs as a reference, BIRAC has come up with detailed definitions of levels in the TRL scale for each of these thematic areas. These TRL definitions intend to guide the innovators, evaluators and investors in identifying the stage of technology under development more objectively. The definitions also include some of the regulatory approvals and quality certifications which may be relevant for progression of TRLs and commercialization of the technology/products in India.

For further details, visit BIRAC website - http://www.birac.nic.in/index.php