Request for Quotation (RFQ) – AgriFutures National Rural Issues Program

Challenge-led and Open innovation as vehicles to help drive solutions to industry issues

This Request for Quotation (RFQ) is seeking services for the development of a framework and accompanying methodology for the use of both Challenge-led and Open innovation for Research and Development Corporations (RDCs) to access a new and wider audience, and optimise impact of investment.

A Q&A webinar will be held in the second week of the RFQ process. To register your interest please email jane.lovell@agrifutures.com.au.

Challenge-led and Open innovation as vehicles to help drive solutions to industry issues RFQ closes 4pm, Friday, 6 November 2020.

Background

Challenge-led and Open innovation are increasingly being used to refocus research, development and extension. Typically, Challenge-led innovation would be based on a problem/issue with respondents asked to provide solutions, this can take a variety of formats. While Open innovation allows for solutions to be pitched without a specified topic or call out.

A variety of approaches have emerged, with varying degrees of success.

This project seeks to catalogue the range of national and international approaches available and develop recommendations for the best methodology for desired outcomes.

Project requirements

This project requires a rapid analysis of the current range of Challenge-led and Open innovation. The scope of methodologies analysed should be international and consider appropriate cases from outside the agricultural sector.

The aim of the report is to identify best practice Challenge-led and Open methodology(s) for rural industries in Australia.  Particular attention should be paid to options for:

  1. Collaboratively funded Challenge-led innovation addressing complex industry and cross industry problems,
  2. Open competition rounds for smaller scale investment in innovative solutions for practical producer issues, and
  3. Open competition rounds for extending, repurposing or recycling research that has, to date, not been adopted or not been adopted in a particular sector.

The report should consider demonstrated benefits, outcomes, extension and adoption approaches of three to five relevant case studies. High-level discussion of costs, resources and timeframes from concept to delivery of the Challenge-led or Open methodologies is also required. Recommendations regarding delivery / hosting platforms, application processes, industry or sector issue selection and assessment processes must be included.

Consideration should be given to the merits and efficiencies of a multi-stakeholder approach to hosting and managing Challenge-led and Open innovation competition as compared to multiple separate single-stakeholder hosted competitions.

A workshop will be held to extend the findings and explore interest in further collaboration on Challenge-led and Open innovation. Participants will include RDCs and industry associations.

The final report will also include outcomes from the workshop and recommendations regarding practical next steps for both collaborative cross RDC Challenge-led and Open innovation processes.

Project deliverables

Workshop delivering outcomes of the research and exploring potential for cross-industry collaboration on Challenge-led and Open innovation approaches.

Final report including

  • Analysis of options including benefits, demonstrated outcomes, costs, resourcing and timeframes to establish and deliver Challenge-led and Open competition processes.
  • Analysis of barriers to success for Challenge-led and Open competition processes.
  • Analysis of program elements that increase likelihood of success (for example, provision of mentoring, business skills development).
  • Case studies demonstrating appropriate options for Challenge-led and Open competition innovation.
  • Development of a framework and methodology for Challenge-led innovation to address large scale, cross sectoral issues in the Australian agrifood system.
  • Development of a framework and methodology for Open innovation for smaller scale investment in innovative solutions to practical producer issues.
  • Development of a framework and methodology for Open competition rounds for extending, repurposing or recycling research.
  • Consideration of IP barriers and associated risks of extending, repurposing or recycling research.
  • Identification of key criteria to consider when identifying issues as suitable for an innovation approach, particularly in a collaborative setting.
  • Consideration of merits and efficiencies of a multi-stakeholder approach to hosting and managing Challenge-led and Open innovation as compared to multiple separate single-stakeholder hosted competitions.
  • Outcomes of the workshop and practical next steps for both collaborative cross RDC Challenge-led and Open competition processes.

Timeline

DateActivity
16 October 2020RFQ applications open
Week commencing 26 October 2020 (date TBC)Q&A webinar, register your interest by emailing jane.lovell@agrifutures.com.au
6 November 2020RFQ applications close at 4.00pm (AEDT)
25 November 2020Expected execution of contract or issue of agreement
8 February 2021Expected project completion date

AgriFutures Australia believes that the project should be completed within two months. If a longer timeframe is required, the Tenderer should explain why that is the case.

Terms of reference

By submitting an application, respondents acknowledge that they are willing to accept the terms and conditions set out in the Provider Agreement.

The Respondent agrees that AgriFutures Australia may accept or decline to accept the Respondent’s Quotation in its discretion. No commitments or contract exists until a contract in the form of the Provider Agreement is executed by both parties. The Respondent agrees that AgriFutures Australia is not required to enter into any contract in connection with the RFQ.

The Respondent agrees that participation in any stage of the RFQ process is at the Respondent’s sole risk and cost.

Acceptance of a Quotation will occur only when an Agreement is issued or a contract is executed.

AgriFutures Australia, at its discretion, may discontinue this RFQ, decline to accept any Quotation, decline to issue any contract or satisfy it requirement separately from this RFQ process.

How to make a submission

AgriFutures Australia business with the applicant is facilitated by the online project management system Clarity. This system manages all stages of project administration.

Quotation’s must be submitted online using Clarity. As part of their submission, respondents are required to attach the completed milestone template in Clarity.

Users must create a Clarity account before submitting a proposal.

If you have previously submitted an application via Clarity please use your existing name and password alternatively if your organisation already exists in Clarity, please use the New User Request online form and we will assign your profile to that organisation.

If your Research Organisation does not already exist in Clarity, or you are unsure, please use the New User and Company Creation Request to create a New Research Organisation and User account simultaneously.

Submissions close 4.00pm (AEDT) Friday, 6 November 2020.

Contact

If you have any questions about the RFQ process or requirements in the management services, please contact:

Jane Lovell
Manager, National Rural Issues
jane.lovell@agrifutures.com.au