Challenge Structure and Timeline: The challenge will run for a minimum of 6 months and will be divided into two phases, followed by a possible third phase. All respondents are eligible for phase one. Participation in Phase 2 is not dependent upon participation in Phase 1; however, winners from Phase 1 will be eligible to receive additional points for consideration in the final judging process for Phase 2.
Prize Purse: Up to 10 winners will receive up to $10K each
Challenge participants will be asked to submit their solutions in response to a scenario. Finalists will be invited to submit a lot of prototypes for proof-of-concept testing by NIOSH laboratories. More details on Phase 2 will be provided by an update to this announcement in the future.
Prize Purse: Total prize purse of $400,000, divided among 5 winners, to be determined later.
The following concepts will NOT be accepted for consideration:
03/31/2021 12:00 PM ET
04/21/2021 05:00 PM ET
Submissions should follow the instructions below and should be submitted to https://app.reviewr.com/BARDA/site//BARDAChallenge.
Eligibility Rules for Participating in the Competition: To be eligible to win a prize under this challenge, an individual or entity—
(1) Shall have registered to participate in the competition under the rules promulgated by HHS;
(2) Shall have complied with all the requirements under this section;
(3) In the case of a private entity, shall be incorporated in and maintain a primary place of business in the United States, and in the case of an individual, whether participating singly or in a group, shall be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States;
(4) May not be a Federal entity or Federal employee acting within the scope of their employment (all non-HHS federal employees must consult with their agency Ethics Official to determine whether the federal ethics rules will limit or prohibit the acceptance of a COMPETES Act prize);
(5) Shall not be an HHS employee;
(6) Federal grantees may not use Federal funds to develop submissions unless consistent with the purpose of their grant award; and
(7) Federal contractors may not use Federal funds from a contract to develop COMPETES Act challenge applications or to fund efforts in support of a COMPETES Act challenge submission.
An individual or entity shall not be deemed ineligible because the individual or entity used Federal facilities or consulted with Federal employees during a competition if the facilities and employees are made available to all individuals and entities participating in the competition on an equitable basis.
Participants must also agree to assume any and all risks and waive claims against the Federal Government and its related entities, except in the case of willful misconduct, for any injury, death, damage, or loss of property, revenue, or profits, whether direct, indirect, or consequential, arising from participation in this prize contest, whether the injury, death, damage, or loss arises through negligence or otherwise.
Participants are not required to obtain liability insurance or demonstrate financial responsibility in any specified amount for claims by a third party for death, bodily injury, or property damage or loss resulting from an activity carried out in connection with participation in a prize competition, but are encouraged to consult with their advisors with respect to the level of insurance that is prudent for each participant. Registered participants agree to indemnify the Federal Government against third party claims for damages arising from or related to prize competition activities, and further indemnify the Federal Government for damage or loss to Government property resulting from such activities.
HHS/ASPR reserves the right to cancel, suspend, and/or modify the Challenge, or any part of it, for any reason, at HHS/ASPR's sole discretion.
Entries for Phase 1 must be submitted via https://app.reviewr.com/BARDA/site//BARDAChallenge RDAChallenge on April 21, 2021 no later than 05:00 PM ET. Submissions received after the deadline may not be considered. Up to the first 250 submissions will be considered, with BARDA reserving the right to review additional submissions at its own discretion.
Submissions are required to use the provided template and should not exceed the given word limits. A complete submission packet shall include the following components:
Cover Page – Submit a cover page for the Mask Innovation Challenge that includes the following information:
Proposed Solution – The proposed solution should be single spaced with standard 12-point font not to exceed the given word limits + up to 3 pages for a schematic of the design, including figures, graphs, and videos. Any additional pages that exceed the 3 pages may not be reviewed. The following information should be included:
Submission URL: https://app.reviewr.com/BARDA/site//BARDAChallenge
Disclaimer: By submitting to this challenge, participants acknowledge they understand their submissions will be peer-reviewed and that sharing proprietary information is done so at their own risk. 7. Update entrant profile in the ReviewR Platform to the information below
Total Cash Prize Pool
$500,000 for Phases 1 and 2
Phase 1: Up to 10 winners will be eligible to receive up to $10,000 each
Phase 2: Up to 5 winners will be selected to split a total $400,000 prize purse
Prize distribution will occur at the sole discretion of BARDA.
Participants may be eligible for mentorship opportunities from interested parties. Additional information will be provided through an update to this announcement.
Technical reviewers with expertise relevant to the Challenge will evaluate the solutions based on their ability to achieve the criteria listed below. The Solutions and evaluation statements from the technical reviewers will then be reviewed by federal employees serving as judges, who will select up to 10 Challenge winners for Phase 1, as well as any honorable mentions, subject to the final decision by the Award Approving Official.
The Award Approving Official will be the BARDA Director.
Proposals will be graded on the following metrics, in no particular order of importance, by a panel of federal judges, which may also include initial rounds of review by a panel of subject matter experts:
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH )
Legal Authority – America COMPETES Act
Have feedback or questions about this challenge? Send an email to: DRIVeComments@hhs.gov
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