One of the IFR activities is to manage the links between the robotics industry and the research & development sector in new fields of emerging robots and related technologies. The annual International Symposium on Robotics is one "meeting point" for those parties. It offers the opportunity for an intensive exchange in the latest technologies.
The (Invention and Entrepreneurship Award), jointly sponsored by IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (IEEE/RAS) and the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) is also a tool to promote the achievements of the inventors with value creating ideas and entrepreneurs. At the same time the joint disposition of the award underlines the determination of both organizations to promote stronger collaboration between robotics science and robotics industry. The annual presented award consists of a plaque and a $2,000 honorarium.