IRIS has a strong focus on innovation. This means putting our research results into practice, so that something practical is derived from them, with their use and application providing benefits.
It must start early on, already at the stage when the research projects are first established. A first test of the usefulness and value, and the realistic potential showing that it is practical and pragmatic, lies in getting partners from the industry to participate with the financing of the research. The core itself is that the research is to succeed with a new and better technological solution. But technology in and of itself is never sufficient. If it is to be adopted and put into use, have it must have a financial benefit. This is interconnected to what it will cost, however also the price difference between new solutions and current established practices. We learned a quite lot about another side of this: the combination of people, technology and organisation. Innovation always occurs within a broader framework. If significant changes in the way we think and organise our work are necessary so that the new technology can be put into actual practice, such factors must be included in order to influence the research as early as possible. Multidisciplinary research teams can be crucial to success – preferably every time.