This is achieved by conducting regular surveys of our members needs, defining them at our Annual Technology Conference, and twice yearly face to face meetings with our member companies.
We run facilitated Technology Challenge Workshops, and invite our members, researchers, academics, developers, and SMEs. We then drill down into the subject in order to identify the specific technology gaps required by the industry.
The output from these workshops is our Call for Proposals, which is circulated to our members for review and approval prior to being distributed to our database of global developers (universities, research centres and innovative companies).
Once received, the proposals are reviewed in conjunction with our members to ensure that the scope of development work undertaken, is closely aligned to their specific needs and objectives.
The developerís submissions which receive memberís interests are given the opportunity to present their proposed technology, and answer questions from our panel of members who are interested in the proposed technology.
Once agreement is reached, a standard contract is then signed between the interested parties and the developer outlining the clear deliverables. A steering committee is established, and the role of ITF is as an observer to ensure that the project stays on track.
Implementation is the demonstrable proof that success has been achieved. Many of the technologies developed through ITF are now commercially available.