Key question to answer in Activity Stage 5: Can the utility of the prototype Instrument or Tool be tangibly demonstrated through laboratory and field trials?
Design and build alpha prototype model of Instrument or Tool.
Design/specify components, acquire and combine into 'proof of concept' functional prototype.
Test Proof of Concept (alpha) prototype under controlled laboratory conditions.
Perform in-house bench and lab testing according to established performance parameters, including relevant national/international standards.
Make model revisions based on laboratory results, then conduct field tests or clinical trials of beta prototype as required.
Address barriers to Instrument/Tool adoption and use (e.g., expertise to prepare, apply and analyze results from Instrument).
Confirm final design and specifications for Instrument/Tool. Prepare and submit any intellectual property claims.
IP claim allows use by others, while ensuring others cannot invoke competing claims to prevent your control over use.
Should the project continue and go to beta prototype testing? Proceed to Innovation Phase — Produce, deploy and support the Instrument or Tool?