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SUBJECT: Your proposal has been selected as a Finalist!

Congratulations! Your proposal, United States Industrial Collaboration Agency (USICA) in the Industry contest, has been selected to advance to the Finalists round.

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Thank you for your submission.

The feasibility of this proposal - in a highly competitive R&D environment in the U.S. industrial base - is questionable.

Certain industry will share, certain will not. For example, for companies that the margins are very tight; if they share something that gives someone an advantage on a technology, they may lose their market very quickly. It would be useful to look at cross cutting technologies_competitive issues.

One clarification, EPA's ENERGY STAR does work with industry.
See: http://www.energystar.gov/buildings/facility-owners-and-managers/industrial-plants/measure-track-and-benchmark/energy-star-energy-0

This proposal is clear, persuasive, and appealing. As well as interesting and imaginative.

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SUBJECT: Your proposal has been selected as a Semi-Finalist!

Congratulations! Your proposal, United States Industrial Collaboration Agency in the Industry contest, has been selected to advance to the Semi-Finalists round.

You will be able to revise your proposal and add new collaborators if you wish, from July 1st until July 14, 2015 at 23:59pm Eastern Time.

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At the revision deadline listed below, your proposal will be locked and considered in final form. The Judges will undergo another round of evaluation to ensure that Semi-Finalist proposals have addressed the feedback given, and select which proposals will continue to the Finalists round. Finalists are eligible for the contest’s Judges Choice award, as well as for public voting to select the contest’s Popular Choice award.

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Interesting concept that would be nice to see funded by industry.

The challenge of such an effort is to identify appropriate opportunities for study. Environmental issues gives a safer platform for discussion and are outside of the core business of an industry. Unfortunately, sometimes GHG emissions result from an industry's core process. Such industries may be less optimum for this type of collaboration if they view the potential solution(s) as proprietary. Also, commodity industries may be less inclined to share and collaborate if they view any option for earning a few cents per ton over a competitor as an advantage in their markets.

The proprietary nature of manufacturing can be a difficult challenge alone, and we believe the proposal could be strengthened by providing more detailed strategies for engaging manufacturers with programmatic structs that protect their IP and production processes while collaborating on technology RD&D.

The author has done a great job in presenting the information. The author has done sufficient literature review work.

This proposed idea is not entirely new. U.S. DOE's Better Plants program and US EPA's Energy STAR initiative for industry are already implementing some of the ideas mentioned in this proposal. U.S. DOE, DoD, and NIST Innovative Institutes are also implementing some of these solutions.

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Spencer Kerber

Jul 14, 2015
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Thank you so much for your feedback! We have edited our proposal to address concerns regarding member companies releasing proprietary information, and ongoing projects undertaken with the DEA. APA citations have been added and the reference section has been created to reflect a more detailed information set. Further information on the accountability structure and IP protection policies of USICA have been included in several sections. These aspects protect proprietary knowledge between competitors while encouraging sharing for the common good. Lastly a paragraph has been added to the “Related Proposals” section to highlight the differences between USICA and other related or similar objectives that currently exist in the United States. We hope that this clarifies any confusion.