Technology Innovation

Technology Innovation (TI) was one of the fundamental value propositions identified during the founding of M-WERC in 2009. Later, as the charter of the M-WERC’s geographic scope was expanded to the Midwest, TI continued to be a pillar of M-WERC’s mission.  TI 1.0 focused on pre-competitive research in which Industry Research Members combined with University Members and jointly executed projects in the pre-competitive areas aimed at applied R&D.  The projects initially centered on general proposals made by the combined teams.  The projects then migrated to key technology focus areas identified through M-WERC’s Industry Roadmaps. The environment for our members is changing and continues to do so at a more rapid pace. TI 2.0 is an answer to the technology and innovation challenges of that changing environment.

  • Research Member feedback about the TI 1.0 model was that it:
  • Provided good teaming experience between the companies and the academics
  • Created focus around the Initial Industry Roadmaps
  • Provided key funds to carry academic research capabilities forward
  • Meant that pre-competitive limitations constrained proposing valuable research areas due to IP worries and/or lack of project critical mass
  • It helped to identify academic researchers and students of interest for longer term relationship with companies (and vice versa)

TI 2.0 – 2017 and Beyond

TI 2.0 builds on the original foundation, offering:

  • Projects mixed between targeted pre-competitive and company defined/sponsored based on a cost sharing model (M-WERC and a minimum of 50% from the company)
  • Projects defined along a continuum of research and development pipelines in cross-cutting technologies critical to driving the Energy Power and Control industries
  • Consulting projects defined by members and key ecosystem stakeholders will be included in the M-WERC planning cycle.

TI 2.0 will establish and nurture:

  • Partnerships: Companies, Utilities; Universities, National Labs, other Institutes
  • Projects as part of pipeline programs: $ 1M per year annual budget after year five years
    • Pre-competitive coordinated with the ongoing pipeline maps and augmented by Industry Roadmap targeted areas of highest market value
    • Industry Sponsored CRADA projects (Cooperative Research and Development Agreement)
    • Targeted Technology Roadmaps,  Strategy Reports, Comparative Technology Analysis
    • Industry, University and Experts pool consulting projects
    • Study and white paper projects both internally justified and externally commissioned
  • Programs
    • Working Group Meetings
    • TI deep dive mini-conferences
    • TI Symposiums and Colloquiums
    • Joint University Events (Innovation Fairs, Brown Bags, etc.)
    • TI Internships

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