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What are TRLs?. Alfred W. Clark Dawnbreaker, Inc. Objective. Provide an overview of Technology Readiness Levels [TRLs] The importance of trying to be accurate when describing your TRL will be discussed and the availability of different self-assessment tools will be introduced. . Agenda.

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what are trls

What are TRLs?

Alfred W. Clark

Dawnbreaker, Inc

objective
Objective

Provide an overview of Technology Readiness Levels [TRLs]

The importance of trying to be accurate when describing your TRL will be discussed and the availability of different self-assessment tools will be introduced.

agenda
Agenda

What are Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs)

SBIR & TRLs’ Relationship to the DHS Project Realization Process

TRLs importance to SBIR Phase III

Manufacturing

Capability

Mature Technology

Capable

Supplier

Risk Mgmt/ Business Planning

Keys to Transition Success

why consider trl
Why consider TRL

Risk Mitigation

Increase Transition success by consideringtechnology, market, and management risks

Understand T&E requirements to validate technology maturity and support the DHS Commercialization Model

Manufacturing

Capability

Mature Technology

Risk Mgmt/ Business Planning

Capable

Supplier

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transition risk

Programmatic/Mgt Risk

Technical Risk

Manufacturing Risk

Transition Risk
dhs commercialization model
DHS Commercialization Model
  • Develop Operational Requirements Documents (ORDs)
  • Assess addressable market(s)
  • Publish ORD and market assessment on public DHS web portal, solicit interest from potential partners in a way that is open to small, medium and large businesses
  • Execute no-cost (CRADA-like) agreement with multiple private sector entities and transfer technology and/or IP(if necessary)
  • Develop supporting grants and standards as necessary
  • Assess T&E findings after product is developed to assure DHS and ancillary markets that product meet its published specifications
  • New Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) product marketed by private sector with DHS support

DHS SBIR funds tech development through Phase II

  • Differences from Acquisition model:
  • Primary criteria for partner selection is market penetration, agility, and performance/price ratio
  • Product development is not funded by DHS
  • Government involvement is limited to inherently governmental functions (e.g., Grants and Standards)

Source: Dr. Thomas A. Cellucci, Ph.D., MBA, Chief Commercialization Officer U.S. Department of Homeland Security , DoD Beyond Phase II Conference, September 2011

trls and dhs product realization
TRLs and DHS Product Realization

http://www.dhs.gov/xlibrary/assets/st_product_realization_chart_version_1-4.pdf

trl correlation dhs and private sector

Commercialization Success will depend upon understanding what it will take to achieve TRL 6+ and productization

  • Products =
  • Mature Technology (TRL)
  • Manufacturing (MRL)
  • Viable supplier ? (BRL)
TRL Correlation: DHS and Private Sector

TRL 1- 3

TRL 4-6

technology readiness levels trls defined
Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs) Defined

TRLs are a set of management metrics that enable the assessment of the maturity of a particular technology and the consistent comparison of maturity between different types of technology—all in the context of a specific system, application and operational environment.

They were originated by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and adapted by the DOD, DHS and other Agencies for use in its acquisition system.

TRLs indicate a level of technology maturity at the time of Critical Technology Element (CTE) measurement

TRLs do not indicate the difficulty in achieving the next TRL level

TRLs can provide a needed foundation for developing and communicating insight into the risks involved in advancing a new system and its constituent new technology components

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sbir s relationship to trls
SBIR’s Relationship to TRLs

BASIC

RESEARCH

T R A N S I T I O N

INOVATION

Phase III

Phase I

Phase II

Technology Readiness Levels

TRL 1

TRL 2

TRL 3

TRL 4

TRL 5

TRL 6

TRL 7

TRL 8

TRL 9

Higher Risk

Lower Maturity

Lower Fitness

Lower Risk

Higher Maturity

Higher Fitness

Increasing Capability - Decreasing Technical Risk

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t e requirements increase with trl maturity

T &E Resources and Dollars

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

BASIC

RESEARCH

BASIC

RESEARCH

BASIC

RESEARCH

T R A N S I T I O N

T R A N S I T I O N

T R A N S I T I O N

INOVATION

INOVATION

INOVATION

Phase III

Phase III

Phase III

Phase I

Phase I

Phase I

Phase II

Phase II

Phase II

T & E Requirements Increase with TRL Maturity

Technology Readiness Level

dhs trl assessment resource
DHS TRL Assessment Resource

DHS RL Calculator for Excel 2003 1.1.xls

http://www.homelandsecurity.org/hsireports/DHS_ST_RL_Calculator_report20091020.pdf

http://www.homelandsecurity.org/hsireports/DHS%20RL%20Calculator%20for%20Excel%202007%201.1.xlsm

http://www.homelandsecurity.org/hsireports/DHS%20RL%20Calculator%20for%20Excel%202003%201.1.xls

additional references
Additional References

DHS Science & Technology Directorate Commercialization Office Resources

http://www.dhs.gov/files/programs/gc_1234200779149.shtm

DoD TRL Calculator

https://acc.dau.mil/CommunityBrowser.aspx?id=25811

DoD MRL Deskbook

http://www.dodmrl.com/MRL_Deskbook_V2.pdf

DoD Risk Management Guidebook

https://acc.dau.mil/CommunityBrowser.aspx?id=108201

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trl take aways
TRL Take-Aways

TRLs provide a consistent comparison of maturity between different types of technology, all in the context of a specific system, application and operational environment

T&E requirements and resources increase dramatically after TRL 5

TRL assessments can enhance Risk Planning , R &D planning and productization

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questions
Questions ?

“He who fails to plan, plans to fail”

Proverbs

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