Microplastics floating in the ocean, which have recently emerged as a social issue, are causing a movement to ban plastics to widely spread in food packaging as well as other various industries.
As a food manufacturer, the client is engaged in technology development, striving to resolve such environmental problems by replacing conventional packaging materials for their food products with biodegradable materials, as one of the technologies to reduce plastic use.
Nevertheless, the client has yet to discover, within its existing network, a material that has the biodegradability required and enables cost reduction. Therefore, the client has issued this open request globally to further accelerate technological development by exploring potential biodegradable material technologies that can solve the problems.
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 reviewing submitted proposals, the client possibly ask 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.