$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:
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.
- 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
$2 Million in NFL Funding Now Available to Help Innovators Create a New, Top-Performing Football Helmet for Submission to the NFL Helmet ChallengeNEW
Submission window open through March 31, 2020 to support NFL Helmet Challenge applicants.
New tools to encourage innovation and advance design in the development of improved protective equipment are now available for engineers and entrepreneurs.