A TTCP Group is a body appointed by the Principals to undertake the detailed work of TTCP in major areas of activities.
The Group will, with the approval of the Principals, establish and manage a limited substructure of Technical Panels (TPs) and Action Groups (AGs) in key areas, as may be required to fulfill its mandate, reviewing them from time to time, terminating them as they complete their work and establishing new ones in other areas as required by National Programs. Groups must avoid the proliferation of TPs and AGs into marginal areas and terminate those TPs or AGs which show diminishing potential or productivity.
The 10 Groups
A Technical Panel (TP) is a body tasked by a Group to address an important manageable subdivision within the technology area assigned to the Group. Its TORs may be broad but the TP is required to place bounds on the scope of subject matter it considers during a given period. A TP may be short term or continuing, but normally holds meetings, exchanges information, reviews the joint efforts in its defined area from a strictly technical point of view and recommends to its Group actions that will improve the effectiveness of the research program as a whole. A TP is expected to establish and monitor major collaborative projects in priority areas of defined mutual national interest. A TP may establish subordinate elements to manage and carry out its program of work. A TP is either redirected or terminated by the Group upon completion of its tasks.