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Challenge Polypropylene Packaging Film Replacement
Polypropylene Packaging Film Replacement
Award:  $30,000 USD
Deadline: Withdrawn
Active Solvers: 180
Posted: Jun 19 2014
Challenge ID: 9933575
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The Seeker for this Challenge is seeking for novel packaging materials to replace polypropylene films, providing a better biodegradability and the same or greater moisture barrier.

This Challenge requires only a written proposal.


Polypropylene (PP) is a polymer widely used in many industrial applications, including packaging solutions. In packaging applications, PP provides a barrier to moisture and other volatiles that help maintaining the integrity and quality of products, allowing them to stay fresh for the consumers for extended shelf lives. Nevertheless, the Seeker is seeking to explore new materials that can provide a more biodegradable alternative whilst maintaining or extending the product shelf-life.

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on 20th of July, 2014. Late submissions will not be considered.

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.

This Theoretical Challenge has several unique features, including:

  • A posting period of only 30-days total.
  • We will be forwarding your submissions to the Seeker directly once you submit your proposal, instead of at the end of the Challenge. Please make sure you upload only a finished proposal. You can submit an updated version of your proposal only as a new submission.

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.

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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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