Research Thrusts

The seven major research thrusts for IRTF are:

1. Alternative Energy

Providing ecologically friendly, low carbon, renewable energy sources is a major focus of research funding for IRTF. We are particularly interested in new technologies that utilize renewable energies (wind, solar, etc.) as well as technologies that improve the efficiency of traditional forms of energy.

2. Medical Devices

The IRTF focuses its investment interests upon medical devices that may be implantable, or used outside of the body, to produce therapeutic effects (i.e. wound healing dressings and cardiac support systems).

3. Cosmeceuticals and Nutraceuticals

An emerging set of technologies that is of interest to IRTF is the area of cosmaceuticals and nutraceuticals. Specifically we seek opportunities to foster the development of cosmetics that are coupled with active pharmaceutical ingredients. In addition we see potential in the area of nutraceuticals: compounds classified as extracts or food stuffs that are demonstrated to have a physiological benefit or provide protection against a chronic disease.

4. Cellular and Molecular Therapies

With the compilation of biological molecular "parts lists", emerging from advances in genomics, proteomics, and other “-omics”, an unlimited potential exists for the development of new technologies for the diagnosis and treatment of disease. These applications require an integration of high throughput and molecular technologies (experimental biology), sophisticated data management and statistical analysis techniques (mathematics and computer science), and systems modeling and fabrication tools (engineering).

5. Next Generation Materials

IRTF is focused on the discovery of new (next generation) materials for use in the construction, aerospace and transportation industries.

6. Lab-on-a-Chip Technologies and Bioinformatics

Innovation within the area of micromechanical and electrical machines (MEMS) coupled with bioinformatics analysis has the potential to yield a generation of devices used for the analysis of chemical composition and other environmental parameters in air, water, soil and biomedical samples. Innovations in this area include biosensors, high-throughput screening and lab-on-a-chip applications, point-of-care analysis, as well as methods for large dataset analysis and processing.

7. Artificial Intelligence and Smart Systems

IRTF's goal in the areas of artificial intelligence and smart systems is to foster the development of electronic devices and software systems, automated and intelligent systems, and leading edge information technology.