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Compliance Software for Incoming Parts

  • Award: Collaboration with Seeker
  • Challenge type: Electronic Request for Partners (eRFP)
  • Challenge closed

Challenge overview


Spare parts are vital to any organization that utilizes and maintains equipment and confirming that the parts received are genuine and verified is an important and complicated task. In aeronautics particularly, this is especially important as it can help ensure the airworthiness and safety of aircraft and passengers. The Seeker is responsible for the initial acceptance of all spare parts entering their organization. The current process for confirming compliance is labor intensive and time consuming and occasionally leads to errors. The Seeker is interested in identifying a suitable partner to supply and provide ongoing support for a stand-alone logistics compliance system.

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.



The Seeker’s team is responsible for the initial acceptance of all spare parts entering their aeronautical organization. They ensure that airworthiness and flight safety risks are managed through a spare parts compliance system. The current process of receipting and confirming compliance for individual aeronautical items is heavily manual and time consuming. This introduces human error in component verification (airworthiness risk), an inefficient use of resources, and delays in getting parts into service.

The Seeker is searching for a partner or supplier that has an existing software product, or who can develop a new product that automates and improves the efficiencies of receiving processes. This should include improving data input accuracy and consistency, reducing error rates and delays, freeing up labor for other tasks, and providing improved data and visibility of the compliance system status. The new system will need to “stand alone”, that is, it will not have access to external networks such as the Internet. However, it will need to scan documents for input data, as well as be able to export data to/from an existing SAP implementation.

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. If successful, there is also potential to extend the solution into parts requisition services in adjacent land and maritime services.

NOTE: Only proposals from Solvers who have the ability to work as a collaboration partner or can provide existing software will be considered.

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on 28-Apr-2022.
Late submissions will not be considered.


What is InnoCentive?

InnoCentive is the global innovation marketplace where creative minds solve some of the world's most important problems for cash awards up to $1 million. Commercial, governmental and humanitarian organizations engage with InnoCentive to solve problems that can impact humankind in areas ranging from the environment to medical advancements.

What is an eRFP Challenge?

An InnoCentive eRFP Challenge allows Seekers to submit Requests for Proposals for a partner or supplier to provide materials or expertise to solve a business challenge by leveraging the InnoCentive Solver network. 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 Seekers request that certain IP arrangements be made should a partnership be formed.