A novel polymeric system is required to produce stable food grade aqueous continuous foams for use in confectionery applications.
This is a Theoretical Challenge requiring a written proposal supported by additional evidence on feasibility. If available an experimental proof of principle or prototypes would also be considered additional added value to the proposition.
The Seeker requires a novel polymeric system to produce (food grade) stable aqueous continuous foams for confectionery applications. The foams under study may cover a wide range of bubble size (from μm to mm) and rheology.
Different approaches are in scope, ranging from methods of formulation through to natural stabilisers.
This is a Theoretical Challenge requiring a written proposal and if available an experimental proof of principle. The Seeker will award up to $20,000 Challenge award to a solution accompanied by proof of concept data. Purely theoretical proposals will also be accepted for a partial reward of $10,000.
For submitted solutions to the Challenge to be considered, they have to include a detailed description of the proposed Solution. The specific Solution Requirements to be addressed are presented in the Detailed Description of the Challenge. This description should be accompanied by a well-articulated rationale supported by literature/patent precedents.
The award is contingent upon theoretical evaluation and experimental validation of the submitted Solutions 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 will be willing to consider a licensing agreement for a partial award if exclusive IP cannot be transferred by the Solver.
What is a Theoretical IP Transfer 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-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.