TRL1 is the initial level of technology readiness, while TRL2 is the next level of readiness. At TRL2, you have started to apply R&D to your basic scientific principles and identified first applications. You may have also conducted experiments to test the suitability of those applications, but you still need to evidence your progress. This can be done through 3rd party verified test data or published academic papers.
How to move from TRL 1 to TRL 2 in your product development project:
>Identify the key steps involved in reaching TRL 2
The key steps involved in moving from TRL 1 to TRL 2 are:
- Identify the first applications. This means figuring out how your technology can be applied in the real world.
- Conduct experiments to test the suitability of those applications. These can be carried out in a lab setting or in the field, depending on your product.
- Evidence of your progress. This can be done through 3rd party verified test data or published academic papers.
Understand and address the challenges you may face along the way
There are certain challenges you may face when trying to reach TRL2. These can include:
- Finding the right applications for your technology. This can be difficult if you don’t have a lot of experience in the industry you’re working in. Find a partner who can help you with application identification. This could be another company or an organisation that focuses on helping startups.
- Developing a product that is suitable for those applications. This can be difficult if your technology is still in its early stages of development. Develop a prototype that can be tested in the field. This will help you to test the suitability of your product for the identified applications.
- Obtaining evidence that can be verified by a third party. This can be difficult if your experiments are still in the early stages or if you don’t have any data to share yet. Share your progress with others in the industry. This will help you to get feedback from people who are familiar with the challenges you’re facing. This does come with a warning around IP however- be sure to protect your ideas!