In many ways, Soy is an ideal and versatile source of protein for the developing world. However, heat stress can reduce yield of soy beans by up to 60%. The flowering period (45-70 days after planting) is the critical time when heat stress can cause flowers to abort, thus dramatically reducing yield.
The intention of the Seeker is to enable treatments for soy seeds or plants that prevent loss of flowers due to heat stress. The Seeker wishes to better understand the physiological heat stress mechanisms that cause Soy flowers to abort and identify potential molecular targets or candidate treatments.
This is a Theoretical Challenge that requires only a written proposal to be submitted. The Challenge award will be contingent upon theoretical evaluation of the proposal by the Seeker.
To receive an award, the Solvers will not have to transfer their exclusive IP rights to the Seeker. Instead, they will grant to the Seeker non-exclusive license to practice their solutions.
What is a Theoretical-Licensing Challenge?
An InnoCentive Theoretical Challenge builds upon an idea but is not yet a proof of concept. A solution to a Theoretical Challenge will solidify the Solver's concept with detailed descriptions, specifications and requirements necessary to bringing a good idea closer to becoming an actual product or service.
This Challenge is a Theoretical-Licensing Challenge, meaning that the Seeker is requesting non-exclusive rights to use the winning solution. By contrast, Theoretical-IP Transfer means that Solvers must relinquish all rights to the Intellectual Property (IP) for which they are awarded. For these forms of a Theoretical Challenge, Solvers that do not win retain the rights to their solution after the evaluation period is complete. The Seeker retains no rights to any IP not awarded.