Be A Part of The Progress
We are looking for innovators! We sponsor mattress industry research and development projects, provide funding for projects that aim to improve processes and explore new applications for recycled mattress components. Below you will find our open research RFPs, organized by category.
MRC Seeks Proposals to Open
New Markets for Mattress Textiles
MRC is seeking creative research proposals which explore new applications for post-consumer mattress textiles. MRC is seeking ideas to create viable end markets for nonwoven materials such as mote cotton, spun bond polypropylene and shoddy felt. Pre-proposals are due by June 1.
MRC Seeks Proposals to Use
Mattress Foam to Cleanup Oil Spills
MRC is seeking research proposals that use post-consumer mattress foam in oil absorption applications. As foam volume from recycling operations continues to grow, it is important that MRC proactively help recyclers develop new market channels and end uses. Surface modified virgin polyurethane foams have been successfully used in oil spill cleanup and other oil absorbing applications. Unfortunately, economics do not favor widespread use. MRC would like to learn whether the technical performance and economics of using post-consumer materials are beneficial to potential end users. Application deadline: June 1.
Recycled Materials Market Development
MRC is seeking creative proposals which demonstrate the potential to use hard-to-recycle mattress components in new applications and products as well as in reformulated products.
Interested parties are asked to complete a pre-application concept paper which describes their approach toward addressing this challenge. Applicants may submit pre-proposals at any time — there is no deadline. Researchers whose concepts show merit will be invited to submit a full proposal.
Mattress Collection Facilities Improvement Funding
California mattress collection sites can continue to apply to MRC for up to $10,000 in site improvements using a recently revised application packet. The 2022 program will fund equipment and infrastructure improvements that will better protect discarded mattresses and box springs to increase their recyclability or achieve other efficiencies such as lowering costs, preventing vandalism and improving safety.
Previous funding cycles supported the construction of weather coverings and cement pads to protect mattress integrity, mobile loading ramps to help with transportation and storage, and additional storage space to house and protect mattresses.
Eligible entities include new or existing mattress collection sites that are open to the public. Sites include private companies, nonprofits and government entities.