DHS S&T Escape Respirator Challenge

DHS S&T Escape Respirator Challenge
Event Date: 
April 11, 2019
DHS S&T Respiratory Challange
Washington, DC

 Must register no later than Thursday, April 11, 2019, at 5:00 PM EST and submit an application no later than Thursday, May 30, 2019, at 5:00 PM Eastern.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) will host the Escape Respirator Challenge, a $250,000 prize competition that seeks new concepts for an escape respirator solution. This challenge invites the innovation community to submit relevant, useable, effective, and feasible concepts that protects the user against aerosolized chemical, biological, and radiological (CBR) hazards and provides oxygen.

The overall goal of this challenge is to develop a working prototype for a compact, discreetly carried escape respirator that is capable of being donned rapidly while providing oxygen for safe egress from smoke-filled, oxygen-deficient, and CBR environments. Although commercial solutions exist, they do not have the small form factor, packaging, or weight reduction sought through this challenge.

This call for concepts is the first of a two-phase competition with a total cash prize pool of $250,000. At the conclusion of Phase I, up to three finalists will each receive $50,000 from the cash prize pool to build a functioning prototype according to their submitted proposals. Phase I finalists will then participate in a presentation event during Phase II where they will demonstrate their prototypes to compete for a cash grand prize purse of $100,000.

For additional information, visit: www.respiratorchallenge.org

If you have questions about the Challenge, you can email questions@respiratorchallenge.org