Since its inception in 1998, TIFAC has been involved in Technology roadmapping through various initiatives mentioned below:
- TIFAC Reports: These reports dealt with a wide spectrum of S&T areas and spelt out the current status of the technology dealt with, future trends, business potential for entrepreneurs and stakeholders. The studies undertaken by TIFAC have resulted into valued technology guidance and advisory documents. These reports have been disseminated widely across the country and also overseas for technology planning, business opportunity and diversification decisions by the corporate sector. TIFAC reports have been used for investment risk evaluation by the financial institutions. The reports have also been instrumental in planning the technology development efforts for many Government Departments and Ministries in India.
- Technology Vision 2020 exercise : TIFAC had taken up the challenge of delivering a Technology Vision for India for 2020 to provide directions for national initiatives in Science & Technology and a strong basis for a policy framework not only for investment but also for the development of an integrated science and technology policy both at the state(s) and national levels. The studies employed various techniques of forecasting like Brainstorming sessions, Preparation of perspective and scenario reports, Delphi technique, Nominal group technique in some cases and a subsequent Workshop(s). The recommendations of this exercise Technology Vision 2020 have been brought out for the wider access to different users like technology managers, scientists, policy makers, professors, new entrepreneurs etc,. 17 Technology Vision 2020 reports were released on 2nd October 1996, by the then Prime Minister of India.
National Innovation Project: TIFAC was entrusted by the Department of Science and Technology, the task of preparing the Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the World Bank funded National Innovation Project (NIP). NIP is to be designed-based on national and international best practices- to improve, expand and scale-up ongoing innovation lead initiatives as well as introduce some new initiatives for higher impact on growth and poverty alleviation. Among other things, it also includes public policy action-areas and specific support programs to help strengthen innovation as a driver of productivity, sustained growth and poverty reduction in the Indian economy.
Sectoral roadmaps: A technology roadmap for an industrial sector begins by identifying the ‘drivers’ of technology demand in the sector, by looking at current and potential growth areas. This involves the formulation of a shortlist of technologies that are critical to its growth. TIFAC has helped in the development of such roadmaps, notably in the automotive sector and is in the process of developing ones for other important industrial segments like textiles.