Escape Respirator Challenge

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) announced today the launch of a $250K Challenge to develop concepts for an escape respirator.

The Escape Respirator Challenge seeks new concepts for an escape respirator solution. This challenge invites the innovation community to submit relevant, usable, effective, and feasible concepts that protect the user against aerosolized chemical, biological, and radiological (CBR) hazards and provides oxygen.

“Through this challenge, we are reaching out to the scientific community for innovative compact design solutions that will eventually help people evacuate from toxic or smoke-filled environments,” said William N. Bryan, Senior Official Performing the Duties of the DHS Under Secretary for Science and Technology. “This Challenge will allow S&T the opportunity to equip first responders and others with essential protective gear.”

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.

Those interested in participating in the Escape Respirator Challenge should register no later than Thursday, April 11, 2019, at 5:00 PM Eastern and submit an application no later than Thursday, May 30, 2019, at 5:00 PM Eastern.

Click here for more information about the Escape Respirator Challenge.


Below: James Ross is still to escape from his post superglue fit-test!

Jimbo Escape

Tags: Equipment, CBRNe, Protection

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