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RUSAL Challenge: Seeking a Partner with Experience of Designing and Building Aluminium Bridges

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Deadline: Closed
Active Solvers: 31
Posted: Jul 20 2017
Challenge ID: 9934012
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UC Rusal is looking for partners with expertise in the design and construction of aluminium bridges in order to engage in a collaboration partnership that can lead to the development and construction of cost-efficient bridges with aluminium frameworks.

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.


As one of the most abundant, widespread, and unique materials at our disposal, aluminium (Al) has found various valuable industrial applications, and aluminium-based products and materials are nowadays an integral part of our lives. Such products take advantage of the outstanding physical-chemical properties of aluminium, such as low density, mechanical strength or resistance to corrosion. However, there is still scope to develop new products, new materials, that further explore the potential of this material.

Rusal strongly believes that one great opportunity lies in the use of aluminium in the construction of automotive, railway, and pedestrian bridges. In Russia, nonetheless, there is still a lack of design experience, standards, and methods. Hence, Rusal is seeking for partners with strong experience and expertise that can propose successful designs and methodologies and support Rusal in this challenging and exciting endeavor.

This is an electronic Request-for-Partners (eRFP) Challenge. The Solver will write a preliminary proposal (about 5-10 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. Furthermore, UC Rusal may elect to make up to two awards of $5,000 each for the top 2 proposals.

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on October 18, 2017. Late submissions will not be considered.


RUSAL is a leading, global aluminium producer and one of the world’s major producers of alumina. The company was founded in 2000 and became the global aluminium industry leader in 2007. RUSAL operates in 13 countries on 5 continents.  The company employs over 61,000 people across the globe. RUSAL’s assets include 11 aluminium smelters, 11 alumina refineries, 8 bauxite mines, 3 aluminium powder plants, 2 silicon factories, 2 secondary aluminium plants, 4 foil mills, 2 cryolite and 1 cathode plants. The company’s current capacity means it is able to produce 4.2 million tonnes of aluminium, 11.5 million tonnes of alumina and 90 thousand tonnes of foil per annum. The company’s key sales markets are Europe, Russia and the CIS countries, North America, South-East Asia, Japan and Korea. The major end users are transport, construction and package industries.  RUSAL’s main products are primary aluminum, aluminium alloys, foil and alumina. The company has access to vast resources of raw materials and provides for the entire production cycle – from bauxite mining to the production of alloys. This enables RUSAL to be operationally flexible and provide the highest quality of products.

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What is an eRFP Challenge?

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.

This Challenge type does not require Intellectual Property (IP) transfer. However, sometimes Challenges of this type do request that certain IP arrangements be made should a partnership be formed.

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