ABOUT THE CHALLENGE
NineSigma, on behalf of The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), invites proposals for new uses of field corn as a feedstock for producing sustainable chemicals which have market demand.
The total prize pool is up to US$150,000 in the form of up to 6 prizes of US$25,000 each. NCGA may also explore funding or other support of an Entry for further development and/or commercialization, even if the Entry is not a prize winner.
The successful proposal will:
- Use components of the corn kernel as primary feedstock
- Have a clear path for scale-up to commercial scale
- Enable a new market for corn
- Should not detract from an existing corn market
- Should lead to products with significant market demand
- Involve a team with experience taking a process or plan from lab scale to commercial scale
Download the Challenge Summary for a full description of the Success Criteria.
Field corn production in the United States has increased from 4.2 billion bushels/year in 1970 to 13.6 billion bushels/year in 2015. Right now, there is a field corn surplus of 1.8 billion bushels. Farmers’ continued efficient production drives the need for new uses for field corn. The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) strategic plan includes a goal to establish three new uses that each utilize 25 million bushels or more by 2020.
Field corn is a reliable, cost-effective, and sustainable feedstock for chemicals. Corn growers have consistently produced more corn with fewer inputs and now there is adequate supply beyond what is needed for food for humans and feed for animals.
Learn more about NCGA online at http://www.ncga.com/home
Must submit a response by September 28, 2017 by 5:00 PM EDT to be eligible. See the Challenge Terms & Conditions for details.