$2 Million in HeadHealthTECH Funding Available

The NFL is making up to $2 million in HeadHealthTECH grant funding available to Helmet Challenge applicants to support the development of their helmet prototypes. Applications are being accepted from November 18, 2019 – March 31, 2020. Grants will be awarded in May 2020.

The HeadHealthTECH Challenge series is operated on behalf of Football Research, Inc. by Duke University’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute and aims to create incentives for helmet manufacturers, small businesses, entrepreneurs, universities and others to develop and commercialize new and improved protective equipment, including helmets.

For more information about how to apply for a HeadHealthTECH grant:

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ABOUT THE NFL HELMET CHALLENGE

The NFL Helmet Challenge is a $3 million innovation challenge that aims to stimulate the development by experts, innovators and helmet manufacturers of a new helmet for NFL players that outperforms, based on laboratory testing, all helmet models currently worn by NFL players.

The challenge will culminate in July 2021 with the applicants submitting helmet prototypes for testing in laboratory conditions that represent potentially concussive impacts in the NFL. Applicants will compete for up to a $1 million award.

This challenge is the next phase in the league’s Engineering Roadmap, which aims to improve the understanding of football biomechanics and to create incentives for small businesses, entrepreneurs, innovators and helmet manufacturers to develop new protective equipment.

Between the kickoff symposium held in November 2019 and the submission of helmets for final evaluation in July 2021, applicants have access to a range of resources to support the development of their helmet prototype, including up to $2 million in HeadHealthTECH Challenge grant funding. Other available resources include those developed through the Engineering Roadmap, such as NFL video review data and finite element models of modern football helmets.

Timeline

November 13-15, 2019
Symposium in Youngstown, OH — Kickoff of the challenge
March 31, 2020
HeadHealthTECH Challenge grant submission deadline
May 2020
HeadHealthTECH Challenge grants awarded
June 14, 2021
Helmet Challenge submission deadline
July 14, 2021
Helmet prototype submissions due

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