The Client engages in the development of technology to form a film made of high-quality cBN in order to apply it to hard coatings on industrial tools, heat radiation members, and tribological members. However, a film-forming technology meeting the required quality has not been established.
In spite of efforts to form a film by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) thus far, the film is of high quality yet poor adhesion with a base material, and also compatible substrate for film deposition is limited. On the other hand, cBN has hardly been observed in film formed by PVD so far as the Client investigated.
The Client has therefore decided to make this RFP to seek a development partner in order to establish a safe and high-quality film-forming technology by PVD on a collaboration basis.
Proposal shall have clear points and should not include confidential information. Supplemental files may be submitted in addition to the proposal.
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.