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Challenge <p>Pest Control in Stored Grains</p>

Pest Control in Stored Grains

Award:  varies
STATUS: Under Eval
Active Solvers: 221
Posted: Dec 11 2018
Challenge ID: 9934202
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Grains in storage facilities or in transit are often protected with pesticides. The Seeker is interested to discover new approaches for long-term grain protection without the reliance on chemical pesticides.

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 awarding a research grant.


In the agricultural industry, grains are harvested and then stored in silos for long periods of time. Pest infestation contributes to the deterioration in the quality and nutritional value of the stored grains. Application of pesticides protects stored grains, however, consumption of and exposure to these chemicals is a topic of growing concern with consumers. The Seeker is currently a provider of grain protection products and would like to respond to market demands for grain protection products that are free of synthetic chemicals.

This is an electronic Request-for-Partners (eRFP) Challenge. The Solver will write a preliminary proposal (maximum of 10 pages, including contact details and supporting, non-confidential information) 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 time frame.

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on January 28, 2019. 

Late 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.

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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