Request for Proposal
Status: RFP is Closed

Partner for Deodorization/Sterilization Technology in Automobiles

Request Number
Due Date
Nov 15, 2018
Program Manager


Joint/commissioned development, licensing, product supply, consulting



Phase 1: Prototype within 6 months–1 year

Phase 2: Mass production in 2023



Necessary development expense will be covered

(Details to be discussed).

How to  Apply
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RFP was closed on
Dec 2018

RFP Title


Partner  for Deodorization/Sterilization Technology in Automobiles
RFP Description

NineSigma, representing a leading automobile parts manufacturer, seeks a partner for the development of air cleaning technology with prominent deodorization and/or sterilization features for automobiles. The client is willing to provide its own know-how and development resources for potential partners.

A global automobile parts manufacturer, a client of NineSigma, believes credible air cleaning technology is key to comfortable automobile experience; particularly deodorization and sterilization technology will become increasingly important. The Client has promoted research and development on their own, however they now face a challenge to find a suitable solution to ensure both deodorization/sterilization and safety in a short time. Given that technological development of such air cleaning is done globally, the Client decided to find a partner to further accelerate the development speed, which lead to this offering.
Key Success Criteria

Technology that can removes adherence to interior parts and car seats is much anticipated. Since various applications are conceivable with different removable components, feature, and time, we welcome a wide range of proposals that can satisfy the following conditions

Desired air cleaning technology

  • Must meet one of the following A) or B):

A) Odor substance removal/deodorization

  • Targets: Human odor, substances caused by cigarettes and food (e.g., fatty acid, isovalericacid, acetaldehyde, ammonia)
  • Removal performance: Odor adhered to interior parts such as cloth becomes undetectable within 5 minutes
    • Reduces odor from 4 to 2 on the six-point scale for odor intensity and the regulation standards (see reference 1 on next page)
  • Activation when no one is inside the car is also acceptable

B) Sterilization / Viral inactivation

  • Targets: Flu virus, mold, fungus, etc.
  • Removal performance: Decreases 99% of virus and number of viral bacteria inside vehicle in less than 15 minutes.

Conditions in common:

  • Size: Must meet one of the following:
    • Embedded in dashboard Approx. no larger than 140 x 140 x 140 mm
    • Attachment type Approx. no larger than 200 x 150 x 150 mm
  • Residual ozone and other chemicals must not have any adverse effects on human body after air cleaning
  • Assuming the interior volume is approx. 6 m^3 (size of minivan)

It is acceptable for the technology to only satisfy either one of the two: odor substance removal or sterilization. We are open to any proposals even if actual application to automobiles has not been achieved as long as the production of prototype within one year is possible.

Reference 1) Six-point scale for odor intensity and the regulation standards;

0: No odor

1: Can just only be sensed

2: Weak odor by which the odor can be identified

3: Odor that can easily be sensed

4: Strong odor

5: Intense odor

See below URL for details


Possible Approaches

Possible approaches might include, but are not limited to:

  • Ozonizer
  • Ionizer, electrically charged mist
  • Application of plasma discharge
  • Usage of photocatalystic material
  • Filtration
Approaches not of Interest

The following approaches are not of interest:

  • Technology that generates residual materials harmful enough to cause a significant adverse effect to human body
  • Technology without any proof against its effect and efficacy
Items to be Submitted

Proposal may include the following items along the response form shown by clicking the “Respond” button.

  • Overview of the technology (features, principles)
  • Uniqueness and competitiveness of the technology
  • Development stage (performance verified at a lab level, under development for practical use, implemented for practical use)
  • Current performance
    • Technology for odor substance removal
      • Substances that can be removed and deodorized
      • Target range (odor substances in the space, odors adhered to interior part)
    • Technology for sterilization and viral inactivation
      • Type of bacteria and viruses that can be removed/inactivated
      • Target range (bacteria and viruses in the space, bacteria and viruses adhered to interior part)
    • Removal proficiency or any index that can represent the level of improvement
    • Maximum processing flow rate
    • Possible continuous length of usage
    • Past cases of application
  • Current challenges and future development plan/cost
  • Conditions for prototype production (e.g., cost, time, contract details)

Record to be noted (etc., study, patent)

Notes on Response

Proposal shall have clear points and should not include confidential information. Supplemental files may be submitted in addition to the proposal.


Response evaluation

The client will evaluate all responses with the following criteria.

  • Overall scientific and technical merit
  • Approach to proof of concept or performance
  • Economic potential of concept
  • Realism of the proposed plan (action items, timeline, roles, deliverables, cost estimation)
  • Potential for proprietary position
  • Respondents’ capability and related experiences


Anticipated Project Process

After the submission due date, the client will review all submitted proposals. NineSigma will send the review results to each proposer 6-8 weeks after the due date. The client possibly asks clarifying questions before selecting the most suitable candidates for collaboration. The client will select best candidates through evaluations. During the selection process, the client may execute NDA with selected respondents, seek further information disclosure, and discuss specific development targets or potential opportunities.

The client will execute necessary agreements with the selected respondents and move to the advanced development phase. Specifics of any collaboration will be determined through consultation with the concerned parties.


Preferred Collaboration Types
Area of Interest