The U.S. government’s Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority recently announced a competition for people to create a new face mask for the public, and the winner gets $500,000.
What is the government’s face mask challenge?
BARDA announced a new Mask Innovation Challenge in partnership with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health to develop a mask that can address some of the biggest issues with masks — like masks fogging up glasses and face masks that make you feel uncomfortable.
- The submissions will need to have specific schematics to build the masks, which could be tested in the future, according to The Verge.
Winners of the first round will earn $10,000 each (there will be 10 winners). For the second round, participants will need to submit physical copies of the mask. Five winners will be selected and split $400,000, The Verge reports.
The reason for the mask competition
- “The Mask Innovation Challenge 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,” HHS said about the competition, according to The Hill.