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Membership

  1. What are IRI’s membership eligibility requirements?
    Your company must be a firm, institution, or other organization offering primarily commercial products or services. Your business purpose is the creation, production, and commercial offering of physical or intellectual products or services based on technological innovation including research, development, design, introduction, and technical support of products or services. Your organization must employ 20+ degreed, technical personnel and perform $5+ million US dollars in Research & Development.
  2. How do I know if my company is already an IRI member?
    Please check the Membership Roster on the IRI website, www.iriweb.org
  3. I am an employee of an IRI member company. How can I get access to the website and learn how I can become involved?
    Please contact Erika Toman in our Member Relations department. Erika can be reached at 703.647.2590 or toman@iriweb.org
  4. Can IRI staff conduct a webinar to teach my colleagues about the benefits of IRI?
    Yes, please contact Erika Toman in our Member Relations department to schedule an appointment. Erika can be reached at 703.647.2590 or toman@iriweb.org
  5. Can anyone join the IRI LinkedIn group?
    The IRI LinkedIn group is for IRI members only. To join, search for “Industrial Research Institute” group from LinkedIn. We would love you to become part of our community! Our Facebook page is open to everyone and you are encouraged to join.

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Events and Programs

  1. Are IRI events open to the general public?
    Some IRI events are member-only events or by IRI invitation only such as: Network Meetings, Research-on-Research Winter Meeting, IRI Member Summit, CTO Forum
    Other IRI events are open to non IRI members but attendees must be from firms meeting IRI eligibility requirements. Those events include: Annual Meeting and Shaping Innovation Leaders.
  2. My organization is a member of IRI. What is the fee to attend the Annual Meeting and/or Member Summit?
    Each organization receives two complimentary registrations to both the Annual Meeting and Member Summit. Additional individuals are welcome to attend at the member rate.
  3. What is the difference between Networks and Research-on-Research (ROR)?
    Networks are self-directed groups composed of professionals supporting various functions of research & development. Network participants are like-minded peers facing similar challenges who contribute to the group by sharing examples and ideas of how their own organizations address these challenging issues. ROR participants join a group based upon their passion and interests to share experiences, research case studies and establish best practices. Both are free and open to all individuals from member companies. Both leverage experts across diverse industries and enhance professional and personnel development.

    Members can join a Network or an ROR Working Group, or both!

    If you are a new member, consider joining one or more groups– it’s a great way to meet people with similar interests. Networks meet face-to-face twice a year (in the spring and fall), and ROR meets three times a year (Winter ROR, Annual Meeting, and Member Summit).

  4. Are the Network and Research-on-Research meetings also complimentary for IRI members?
    There are fees associated to attend these meetings and details can be found on the website in: Events – Signature Events.
  5. Can I participate in the monthly Brown Bag Sessions?
    Yes, Brown Bag sessions are available to both members and non-members. To register and receive your dial-in instructions, send an email to Michele Taussig, at taussig@iriweb.org.
  6. I am interested in speaking at an IRI meeting. Who should I contact?
    Thank you for your interest. Speakers are selected according to how their expertise is aligned with specific program topics. Please watch for our “Call for Proposals” for the Annual Meeting (spring) and Member Summit (fall) for details on how to submit. Member and non-member individuals are encouraged to submit proposals for the Annual Meeting on identified topics. Member Summit focuses on IRI-generated content, therefore, presenters are from IRI member organizations.
    Between meetings you are welcome to send a short bio outlining your expertise and a sample short audio or video clip of a recent presentation via email to our program department, malone@iriweb.org. Please no phone calls. We will keep your information on file and contact you if there is a topic/theme fit.
  7. I want to help with planning the IRI meetings. How can I do that?
    IRI relies on member volunteers to help with many phases of our semi-annual meeting planning such as helping to identify hot button issues/topics, setting the agenda, identifying keynote speakers, reviewing proposal submissions, moderating panel discussions and more. Program Committee members meet via conference call at least every other week and once per week during critical stages of meeting development. If you are enthusiastic and can devote significant time to help us, we would love to talk more. Please contact Martha Malone, at malone@iriweb.org, for further details.

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Leadership Opportunities

  1. I would like to get more involved in IRI. How do I get started?
    IRI is your association. We rely on many people to help run various aspects of the organization and your enthusiasm and input is welcome and appreciated. Please see our list of Leadership Opportunities and contact our Member Relations department for more information.

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Networks

  1. How can I join a Network?
    Please visit the “Collaboration Center” page of the IRI website where you will find a listing of each Network. Follow the links to the page for each particular group where you’ll find a “Join Group” button in the same place on each page (box on left side).

    Networks are open to individuals from member companies. To see if your organization is already an IRI member, please see the Member Organization Roster. If you are not a member of IRI, we hope you’ll encourage your organization to become one soon. By joining, you’ll experience exciting opportunities for growth (both you and your company), and you’ll network with the world’s best thought leaders to seek, share, learn and create.
  2. What Network is right for me?
    We have eight Networks based around various functional areas within R&D.
    You are welcome to join any Network(s) whose subject matter is of interest to you.
  3. How often do the Networks meet?
    Networks hold the Multi-Network Meeting twice per year, typically in March and September. Other Networks may also choose to meet at a member’s facility instead of joining in the Multi-Network Meeting.
  4. Are there any Network activities between meetings?
    Each Network has a listserv, where you can post a question to the membership. Networks also hold webinars and teleconferences on an ad hoc basis.
  5. Is there a limit to the number of Networks I can join?
    No, you are welcome to join any Network(s) whose subject matter is of interest to you.
  6. Is there a limit to the number of people from my organization who can join Networks?
    No, we welcome anyone from your organization to join a Network(s).
  7. What is the difference between Networks and ROR?
    Networks are ongoing groups that discuss a range of topics under their main area of interest (e.g. the External Technology Network often discusses working with federal labs). ROR groups focus on one specific topic, are finite, and have a deliverable on that topic at their completion (e.g. an article in RTM, a wiki). Individuals from IRI member companies are welcome to participate in any Network or ROR working group they choose.

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Research-on-Research (ROR)

  1. I want to start a Research-on-Research (ROR) Working Group. How do I begin?
    Great! ROR loves new projects and new ideas. Please tell us more about your proposed project:
    Proposed Project Title
    Your Name, Title, Company
    Value Proposition: (Brief description of what you think this project will accomplish or solve)
    Approach: (Generate new knowledge or reorganization of existing knowledge? Development tools and processes may result from generation of new knowledge; best practices)
    Deliverable: (What is the end result? How will your findings be shared? Examples: New tool/process, RTM article, special interest session, Member Summit presentation, or other content format)
    Are you willing to co-chair this project?

    At least five individuals are with project interest are needed to launch the project.
    Please submit your proposed project idea to green@iriweb.org

    Jumping head first into an ROR Working Group is a great way to meet others interested in the same topics, and to expand your network.

  2. How can I join a Research-on-Research (ROR) Working Group ?
    Please visit the “Collaboration Center” page of the IRI website where you will find a listing of each ROR Working Group. Follow the links to the page for each particular group where you’ll find a “Join Group” button in the same place on each page (box on left side).
    ROR Working Groups are open to individuals from member companies. To see if your organization is already an IRI member, please see the Member Organization Roster. If you are not a member of IRI, we hope you’ll encourage your organization to become one soon. By joining, you’ll experience exciting opportunities for growth (both you and your company), and you’ll network with the world’s best thought leaders to seek, share, learn and create.
  3. I am an individual associated with a University or other organization that is not eligible for IRI membership. Can I still participate in ROR?
    ROR project leaders often invite experts outside of IRI (academia/consultants) to participate in working groups where subject matter expertise is needed to strengthen the research focus and help facilitate the timely completion of a project. If you are knowledgeable in one of the many project areas, please submit a short bio along with your contact information to green@iriweb.org for inclusion in our “Subject Matter Expert” database.
  4. Can anybody join a Research-on-Research (ROR) Working Group at any time in the group’s existence?
    Yes, all IRI members are encouraged to learn more about ROR Working Groups and are invited to join one, or two (even three!). ROR meets face-to-face three times per year (Winter ROR, Annual Meeting, Member Summit) and IRI members can sample various groups at various stages of the project lifecycle. These face-to-face meetings provide opportunities to develop not only new knowledge on specific project topics but it allows members to connect and re-connect with a network of innovation leaders across all industries.

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Research-Technology Management (RTM) Journal

  1. I just subscribed online to Research-Technology Management. When will I receive my username and password?
    You received an automatic confirmation that we received your order. Once your order has been processed, we will forward your credentials to access RTM online. This may take up to 3 business days.

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Media Inquiries

  1. I would like to interview an IRI representative for a newspaper or trade journal article. Who do I contact?

    Please contact Michele Taussig, or call 703.747.2588 with your request. We would like to know specific details such as your media outlet affiliation, a bit about the topic/subject you are writing about, specific deadlines and your contact information. We will find the best innovation or R&D expert for you to speak with and set up interview times/dates for you.

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Website

  1. How do I look up the contact information of an IRI member?
    Please log on the IRI website home page, www.iriweb.org with your username and password.
    From the top navigation bar MEMBERSHIP please go to Member Search → Contacts. Members are able to search by last name, organization, city or state or even by interest.
  2. I am looking for a presentation from an IRI meeting. How do I find it?
    Please log on the IRI website home page, www.iriweb.org with your username and password. Use the search box in the upper right corner and search in a variety of ways:
    • Do you remember the presenter? Search by speaker’s name
    • Search by subject/topic

    If you can’t remember the topic or the speaker’s name, please search by event. Example: If you remember that the presentation was from the 2008 Annual Meeting, use the term 2008 Annual Meeting in the search box.

  3. I am looking for an RTM article from 1996. Do you have it on the website?
    RTM articles are available electronically beginning with the November/December1998 issue. We will be happy to scan or fax the article for you at no charge for IRI members and RTM subscribers.
  4. I want to look up a committee roster. How do I get to it?
    Please log on the IRI website home page, www.iriweb.org with your username and password.
    From the top navigation bar MEMBERSHIP please go to Member Search →Committees.
    A list of current committees will appear. To see the committee roster for a specific committee, please use the “select” that appears to the left of the committee name.
  5. I get an error message when I try to click on a link. Why do I not have access to it?
    Certain membership categories have access to the complete content on the IRI website. If you are employed by a member company, but have limited access to information on the IRI website, please check with Erika Toman of our Member Relations department.

    If you are an RTM subscriber only and not employed by an IRI member company, your access is limited to RTM content.

    If you receive an error message and you are a Member organization in good standing or a have a valid RTM subscription please contact us immediately at information@iriweb.org so we may investigate.

  6. I would like to post an ad on the IRI Career Center. What do I need to do? What are the fees?
    First, please set up your account at http://careers.iriweb.org/. There is no charge to do this. Employer rates begin at $295 for a 30 day posting (IRI Member organization) or $495 (Non members). Additional packages are available as well as add-ons such as “featured employer” options.