Heat exchangers are included in products developed and distributed by the Client. Although copper pipes are currently used in these heat exchangers, the Client is considering material replacement because of rising copper prices.
Despite research efforts, the Client has not identified a material that combines thermal conductivity, strength, and corrosion resistance the same as copper. There are problems: for example, low thermal conductivity in stainless steel material and inferior corrosion resistance in aluminum material.
The Client has therefore decided to recruit materials to solve these technological challenges and put them to practical use as quickly as possible.
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.