Request for Proposal
Status: RFP is Closed

Adhesive Label that Activates Prior to or During Application to a Surface

Request Number
Due Date
Aug 29, 2014
Program Manager

OPPORTUNITY: Licensing, product acquisition, contract research, joint development, supplier agreement



Phase 1 - Proof of concept in 6 months

Phase 2 - Engineering development in 6-18 months



Phases 1 - Proof of concept funding commensurate with proposed activity.

RFP was closed on

RFP Title


Adhesive Label that Activates Prior to or During Application to a Surface
RFP Description
NineSigma, representing a global manufacturer, invites proposals for technology to create a latent permanent pressure sensitive label that activates upon application to a surface.

Adhesive labels typically require liners to protect the adhesive prior to use. Removing the liner is an extra step for user. Liners create a waste stream once removed.


NineSigma’s client seeks an adhesive label that remains dormant until use. Dormant label must not have any tackiness in storage and during label processing. User must be able to apply label to the desired surface without the step of removing a liner.

Key Success Criteria

The successful technology will:

  • Permit making a label substrate without a removable liner
  • Produce a label that remains inactive during processing and under the following concurrent conditions:
    • Elevated temperatures up to 70°C
    • Pressure up to 100 psi (70g/mm2)
  • Upon activation, product adhesion with sufficient strength (measured by PSTC test method) to adhere to the label to the intended substrates including, but not limited to stainless steel; glass; polyvinyl chloride, ABS or polyehtylene plastics; painted or powder coated steel.
    • Note: average user exerts up to 25 psi pressure during application
  • Produce label with adhesive that becomes permanent withint 24 hours after initial pressure application
  • Produce label that withstands transportation and storage conditions up to 45°C, 85% RH (relative humidity)
  • Produce a label that once applied to a substrate will withstand the following service conditions:
    • Temperature from -18 to +70°C
    • RH from 20% to 100%
  • Produce label with shelf life of 2 years at ambient conditions (21°C, 50% RH)

Approaches not of Interest
  • Approaches which require additional hardware to cause activation
Items to be Submitted

To respond, use the Respond" button at the top or bottom of this page.  You may submit supplemental files in additiona to your completed response form.


Your response should address the following:

  • High level description of proposed technology including:
    • Working principle
    • Availability of technical data including storage, activation, and use conditions, and adhesive bond strength
    • Technology maturity (concept, prototype, ready to commercialize, commercialized)
  • Pathway to commercial scale including timing, estimated budget, and capacity for manufacture
  • Estimated unit cost of technology
  • Position on intellectual property including patent refernces
  • Desired relationship with sponsor
  • Team description and related experience


Other Request information includes:



Phase 1 – Proof of concept

  • Demonstrate label substrate latency and activation at lab scale
  • Provide prototype system for client evaluation and testing

Phase 2 – Engineer development

  • Engineering optimization to meet all performance requirements necessary for commercial deployment

Criteria for Moving from Phase 1 to Phase 2

  • Clients will consider for advancement a successful demonstration of performance with acceptable economics and pathway to commercialization
Award Amount
Proof of concept funding commensurate with proposed activity
Area of Interest