Department of Health and Human Services offers $500K in mask design contest

Department of Health and Human Services offers $500K in mask design contest


The Department of Health and Human Services is seeking a mask of tomorrow – and has announced total cash prizes of $500,000 for the winners of a competition to come up with one.

The “Mask Innovation Challenge: Building Tomorrow’s Mask” is a partnership between HHS’s Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

It “seeks to develop innovative and effective designs for mass-producible, low-cost-per-use devices to be worn by the general public in order to provide protection from respiratory disease pathogens,” according to the challenge website.

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“Furthermore, users of these devices should be able to put them on and wear them without extensive fitting procedures or complicated user instructions,” the announcement states.

The Department of Health and Human Services is basing their judging criteria on Technological Feasibility, Innovation, Barriers, and Overall, according to the contest website.MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP via Getty Images

HHS said that as public health agencies around the world encourage people

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