Industry Profile Objectives

We want all current and potential project managers — as well as government sponsors — to elevate the importance of industry’s role in R&D, technology transfer and commercialization.

Industry is the customer for sponsored project outputs, so one must delve deeply into the target industry’s segment in order to offer something of value. The Industry Profile project demonstrates how to create such a profile and then offers guidelines for doing so independently.

The process involves 5 distinct steps:

  1. Select Industry Segment
    • Identify the industry segment that is the most commonly studied by NIDILRR funded grantees. Cognitive impairment is the focus of the first Industry Profile, to be completed in 2015.
  2. Knowledge Value Mapping
    • Interview manufacturing companies within the selected industry segment to determine their needs for new knowledge, absorptive capacity, and production capabilities.
  3. Conduct Secondary Market Research:  Compile information regarding:
    •  Market demographics
    •  Industry growth projections
    •  Competitive landscape
      • Available products and services
      • Ongoing and completed R&D
      • Provisional and accepted patents
    • Legislation and reimbursement
  4. Produce and Distribute Industry Profiles
    • Compile value mapping and secondary market research information into a comprehensive Industry Profile. Share via multi-media channels.
  5. Create and Disseminate Guidebook
    • Show grantees how they can create their own Industry Profiles.