The Generic Maturity Level scale is a metric describing the maturity of a concept. This scale, developed by Innovationseeds, provides a maturity model parallel to the TRL and allowing to allocate a maturity level to the largest possible variety of mechanisms or instruments, including, but not limited to: business models, organisation changes, policy measures, social, civil, institutional or corporate good practices. These levels are detailed below.
GML 1 Lowest maturity level.
Concepts are formalised. Examples might include fundamental investigations and paper studies.
GML 2 Applied concept: concept application are formulated
Once basic principles are observed, practical applications can be formulated. Examples include studies.
GML 3 Proof of concept is established
Concept is validated on paper. Examples include simulation of cost/benefit analysis.
GML 4 Concept is experimented locally
The concept is experimented locally, with limited scope and means. Examples include test of concept in a limited geographical zone, on a restricted scope/domain/, or on a limited number of organisation components.
GML 5 Concept is ready for full-scale
Results from the local experimentation of the concept are empirically validated and they open the way to a full-scale implementation of the concept.
The concept is experimented in another area to assess its potential for deployment. Examples include experiments of transfer in other activity sectors or other geographical zones.
The potential for deployment of the concept to other areas has been successfully demonstrated. The concept is ready for deployment to other areas.
The concept is fully introduced in other areas. Examples include deployment to other activity sectors or geographical zones.