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Challenge Synthetic Biology for Materials
Synthetic Biology for Materials
STATUS: Awarded
Active Solvers: 354
Posted: Sep 02 2014
Challenge ID: 9933056
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The Seeker is soliciting detailed, multi-disciplinary, innovative research and development plans that would advance today’s science and engineering in synthetic biology to a level where it is able to solve specific manufacturing challenges in metamaterials or optically active materials.

This Challenge requires only a written proposal.


The Seeker is soliciting innovative, detailed research proposals to develop the state of science and engineering in synthetic biology to a level where it is able to solve specific manufacturing Challenges in one of two defined interest areas.  Emphasis will be on a viable research approach that includes potential collaborators.  At the Seekers request, winners may be invited to a special workshop (reasonable expenses paid) to connect with people from other disciplines and improve their proposals for submittal against a potential larger multi-year award.

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.  The Seeker intends to make multiple awards with the top award potentially being $50K and no award less than $5K depending on creativity and completeness of the proposal.

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. Note: it is the Seekers intention that the awarded Solver be involved in moving their proposal forward; however if the Solver cannot or chooses not to participate, the Seeker may find others to bring the project forward. Other arrangements might be considered, if a license cannot be granted.


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InnoCentive is the global innovation marketplace where creative minds solve some of the world's most important problems for cash awards up to $1 million. Commercial, governmental and humanitarian organizations engage with InnoCentive to solve problems that can impact humankind in areas ranging from the environment to medical advancements.

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.

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