The research team at IMR – Howard Browman, Anne Berit Skiftesvik and David Fields – has worked on this project for more than 10 years. The salmon lice trap has been a commercialisation project at BTO since 2007, but progress has been minor. Receiving the design grant in 2011 has resulted in raising the project to a whole new level. Having provided the project with competence within industrial design has been crucial. This has resulted in bringing it closer to market.
The new program «Design Pilot»
An overall approach including the use of design competence, is often the common denominator for the success of new products and services. Thats why The Research Council is cooperating with the Design Council with the new program Design Pilot, awarding innovation projects from research institutions with grants earmarked design. Design Pilot is a new program established by Norwegian Design Council and the Research Council program FORNY2020, assigning funding to one major project and 4 minor projects selected from the norwegian techology transfer offices. The major project receives NOK 250 000,-. The purpose of Design Pilot is to initiate projects that strengthen the ability of businesses and public institutions to provide innovative solutions by using design-driven innovation methods. More info of Design Pilot here
Articles about the Salmon Lice Trap (norwegian)
Design + forskning – Kjenner lusa på gangen! Designdagen 16.02.2012
Kan design knekke lakselusa? Norwegian Design Council 27.09.2011
Designet for suksess Norwegian Research Council 09.09.2011