I am looking for a word that describes one or both of the following situations:

  • A researcher presents a new solution to a problem of his/her field of research by applying a strategy or idea used in an unrelated field of research for the first time.
  • The solution to problem A or a derivative is applied to problem B, which is not related, but structurally similar in a way that the solution can be transferred.

Noun or adjective are both acceptible:

The solution was found through X=noun with the research field of Meteorology.

The X=adjective solution was inspired by the research field of Meteorology.

I have considered synergy, interdisciplinary, knowledge transfer and analogy. None of these fits.


I would use independent:

1 b (1) : not requiring or relying on something else : not contingent
// an independent conclusion

So (to borrow from both example sentences):

The solution was found through independent research in the field of Meteorology.

  • Hmm, I would misinterpret this as "not sponsored by any company or third-party".
    – Daerst
    Jul 15 '19 at 5:35
  • @Daerst The adjective can apply to any number of things; It certainly doesn't only apply to companies. (In fact, I've rarely encountered it in that context—and, when I have, it's been followed by, or somehow preceded by, company.) But if that's really a concern, you could say my independent research. Jul 15 '19 at 5:39
  • I see your thinking more clearly now. It certainly doesn't apply only to companies, but given its ambiguity, that would have been my first guess. The latter one clarifies it, but could also be misunderstood as “based on research that I have published in other fields”.
    – Daerst
    Jul 15 '19 at 7:14

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