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Challenge Storage Container that Protects Seed and Grain from Rodents
Storage Container that Protects Seed and Grain from Rodents
STATUS: Awarded
Active Solvers: 888
Posted: Sep 21 2012
Challenge ID: 9933124
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This Challenge seeks designs or materials for a storage bag, container, or vessel that protects seeds and grains against rodent infestations.  Key requirements include: durability over several seasons, low cost, and feasibility for use in developing nations. 

This Challenge requires only a written proposal.


Storage is the most important post-harvest farm operation.  Seed and grain storage systems have a very large impact on overall food production and contribute to food producers’ ability to distribute food and carry on sustainable and profitable operations year after year.  Especially in developing nations, there is a strong need for storage bags or containers that protect seeds/grains from rodent pests.  This Challenge seeks creative designs and/or materials that can be used to create a durable storage vessel that protects seeds and grains from rodent pests.  Detailed technical requirements are available in the full description. 

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 have to transfer to the Seeker their exclusive Intellectual Property (IP) rights to the solution.  However, the Seeker may be willing to consider a licensing agreement for a partial award of $10,000, if the Solver cannot transfer exclusive IP. 

This Challenge has a pre-feedback feature.  Solvers may pre-submit abstracts (less than 1 page) describing the crux of the idea, by 3-Oct-2012, to receive a brief evaluation from the Seeker.  Then based on the Seeker’s feedback, Solvers may adapt their idea, and choose whether or not to proceed with a full submission (by the Challenge deadline).

Vestergaard Frandsen operates under a unique humanitarian entrepreneurship business model.  The company makes life-saving products available to individuals around the world who are most vulnerable to communicable diseases.  An estimated half billion people have benefitted from Vestergaard Frandsen’s innovative disease-control products.  Successful products include the LifeStraw water filter, the PermaNet  anti-malarial bed net, and CarePack  (a bundle of products for individuals and families living with HIV).  By participating in this Challenge, Solvers are helping to advance solutions to urgent problems in developing nations, particularly those defined as United Nations Millennium Development goals (e.g., to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, reduce child mortality, improve maternal health, and combat disease).

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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-IP Transfer Challenge, meaning that Solvers must relinquish all rights to the Intellectual Property (IP) for which they are awarded. By contrast, Theoretical-Licensing means that the Seeker is requesting non-exclusive rights to use the winning solution. 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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