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Challenge <p> New Methods for Weed Control in Railways</p>

New Methods for Weed Control in Railways

Award:  varies
STATUS: Under Eval
Active Solvers: 221
Posted: Sep 21 2017
Challenge ID: 9933894
 
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Abstract

The Seeker, a leading global environmental services company, is looking for a partner to engage in a close partnership aiming at developing a new generation of methods for weed control in railways. The Seeker is particularly curious to learn if there are methods in use or development in other industries that can replace or significantly reduce the use of herbicides in railway weed control. 

This is an electronic Request-for-Partners (eRFP) Challenge; the Solver will only need to submit a written proposal to be evaluated by the Seeker with the goal of establishing a collaborative partnership.

Overview

The Seeker, a leading global environmental services company, is seeking for a partner to engage in a close partnership aiming at developing a new generation of methods for weed control in railways. Current methods are heavily reliant on the use of chemicals, with the consequent environmental concerns even when best practices are in place. 

The objective of this Challenge is to identify partners that can bring in novel solutions and expertise to the field and help developing alternative efficacious methods that can either replace or significantly reduce the use of chemical herbicides in weed control activities in railways. The Seeker is particularly curious to learn if there are methods in use or development in related industries that could be successful in railway weed control. 

This is an electronic Request-for-Partners (eRFP) Challenge. The Solver will write a preliminary proposal (about 2-4 pages, including supporting non-confidential information and contact details) to be evaluated by the Seeker with a goal of establishing a collaborative partnership. Upon completion of the evaluation, the Seeker may contact selected Solvers directly to work out terms for a collaboration contract. The monetary value of the contract will vary depending on the amount of work to be delivered and the agreed upon time frame. 

NOTE: Only proposals from Solvers who have the ability to work as the collaboration partner will be considered. 

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on November 5, 2017Late submissions will not be considered.

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eRFPs allow Seekers to submit Requests for Proposals for a partner or supplier to provide materials or expertise to help solve a business challenge to the InnoCentive Solver community. This global community includes organizations and individuals, such as contract research organizations, scientists, university researchers, and technology companies.

After a Solver submits an eRFP response, the Seeker evaluates the responses to determine which Solver(s) to contact for further business discussions. With eRFPs, the Solver must not provide any confidential information in the eRFP response. If your eRFP response is selected, you negotiate the terms of the contract (including scope of work, tasks and duration) directly with the Seeker.

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