The Client has been developing light and highly durable materials to build a sustainable society. By combining CNF and resin, a thinner-than-conventional resin member can demonstrate the same stiffness and strength, which will improve fuel efficiency in automobiles, etc. or reduce resource consumption.
Although the Client has succeeded in the development of comparatively reduced weight materials with the stiffness and strength retained, the target levels have not been achieved yet.
As another challenge, coloration and odor (caramelized flavor) due to CNF generated by heating in the compounding process hamper the promotion of the technology development.
The Client desires to put sustainable materials to practical use as soon as possible by identifying a partner(s) for the advanced technology development and accelerating research and development, and hence decided to recruit technology proposals.
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.