The IRTF is managed by the
in consultation with the
Internet Research Steering Group
(IRSG). The IRSG membership includes the IRTF Chair, the chairs of the
various Research Groups, and other individuals (“members at large”) from
the research community selected by the IRTF Chair.
RFCs Relating to Organisation and Operation of the IRTF
RFC 2014 “IRTF Research Group Guidelines and Procedures”
This document describes the guidelines and procedures for formation
and operation of IRTF Research Groups. It describes the relationship
between IRTF participants, Research Groups, the IRSG, and the IAB.
The basic duties of IRTF participants, including the IRTF Chair,
Research Group Chairs and IRSG members are defined.
RFC 4440 ”IAB Thoughts on the Role of the Internet Research Task Force (IRTF)”
This document is an IAB report on the role of the IRTF, both on its own
and in relationship to the IETF. This document evolved from a discussion
within the IAB as part of a process of appointing a new chair of the IRTF.
This document describes the framework for the RFC Series and RFC
Editor function. In particular, it defines the concept of RFC
streams, and formalises the concept of the IRTF publication stream.
RFC 5742 ”IESG Procedures for Handling of Independent and IRTF Stream Submissions”
This document describes the procedures used by the IESG for handling
documents submitted for RFC publication from the Independent Submission
and IRTF streams.
RFC 5743 “Definition of an Internet Research Task Force (IRTF) Document Stream”
This memo defines the publication stream for RFCs from the IRTF, the
pre-publication review process, and the rules for submission and use
RFC 6322 “Datatracker States and Annotations for the IAB, IRTF, and
Independent Submission Streams”
This document describes extending the IETF Datatracker to capture and
display the progression of Internet-Drafts that are intended to be
published as RFCs by the IAB, IRTF, or Independent Submissions Editor.
This document provides a high-level description of things for Internet
Engineering Task Force (IETF) participants to consider when bringing
proposals for new research groups (RGs) into the Internet Research Task
Force (IRTF). This document emphasizes differences in expectations
between the two organizations.
This document describes the framework for an RFC Series and an RFC
Editor function that incorporate the principles of organized community
involvement and accountability that has become necessary as the
Internet technical community has grown, thereby enabling the RFC Series
to continue to fulfill its mandate. This document obsoletes RFC 4844.
also applies to the IRTF. The IRTF strives to create and maintain an
environment in which people of many different backgrounds are treated
with dignity, decency, and respect. Participants are expected to behave
according to professional standards and demonstrate appropriate
workplace behavior. See also RFC 7776 and RFC 8716.
Research is at its most understandable and effective when it uses
terminology that is clear, precise, and widely accessible to readers
from varying backgrounds and cultures. The
encourages all IRTF participants to follow the guidance on inclusive
when making contributions to the IRTF.
In cases where the advice from counsel is to restrict an individual
from using IRTF systems and/or from participating in IRTF meetings, the
IRTF Chair will follow the principles adopted by the IESG.
Due to the potential impact on the standards process, due to shared
infrastructure and joint meetings between IRTF and IETF, any such
action by the IRTF Chair will only be taken in consultation with the