BARDA DRIVe, in partnership with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), seeks to understand the barriers and challenges associated with the next generation of innovative mask designs. The Mask Innovation Challenge is an initiative that aims to support the development of innovative masks that can protect Americans from respiratory pathogens. Through the following Request for Information, BARDA and NIOSH are soliciting input on judging criteria and testing methodology for the Mask Innovation Challenge, as well as identify potential stakeholders that are interested in supporting the challenge.
Interested parties should read the solicitation in full and prepare a response to be submitted to DRIVeComments@hhs.gov by 5:00PM EST on 01/15/2021 for consideration.
BARDA DRIVe is seeking to understand and develop tools such as challenges and prize competitions that the Federal government and others can use to engage a broad range of stakeholders, including the general public, in developing solutions to difficult problems. Challenges and prize competitions rely on competitive structures to drive innovation among participants and usually offer rewards (financial and/or other) to winners and/or finalists. BARDA may use the information submitted from interested parties to develop challenges and prize competitions to address key respiratory device-related issues. BARDA DRIVe is not soliciting input on BARDA’s broader R&D efforts on COVID-19 or other programs.
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Submission Requirements: This part is in development.
Eligibility Rules for Participating in the Competition: To be eligible to win a prize under this challenge, an individual or entity—
A judging panel will consider each submission’s alignment with each of these criteria and will recommend their selection as a semi-finalist. Feasibility – Submission demonstrates a reasonable rationale for the design of the mask, intuitive design that can be used without fitting or prior training, and contains components that are easily accessible.Innovation:
Submission advances the state of the art in filtration efficacy, comfort, and utility of masks used by the general public.Barriers:
Submission addresses barriers and limitations of currently available masks and proposed innovations are based on scientific and technical merit.Design and Desirability:
Submission demonstrates how the proposed solution meets the needs of the challenge.Phase 2 Criteria:
Will be announced with future updates to this notice.
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