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The Escape Respirator Challenge is a public competition focused on finding solutions to protect end users against aerosolized chemical, biological, and radiological (CBR) hazards and provides delivery of oxygen for safe egress from a smoke-filled, oxygen-deficient, and CBR environments. Although commercial solutions exist, they are not small and lightweight enough  to be carried in a coat pocket. The challenge asks individuals, teams, and organizations that meet the eligibility criteria to design and develop specialized technology to meet this need.

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The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate welcomes applications from individuals, teams, and organizations that meet the eligibility criteria to apply.


U.S. Government employees may participate so long as they rely on no facilities, access, personnel, knowledge or other resources available to them as a result of their employment except for those resources available to all other participants on an equal basis.


International participants are welcome to apply.


Refer to the Rules for a complete set of eligibility requirements.

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If you are a past grantee of the SBIR program, you may apply. If you are a current grantee, please note that no U.S. Government funds may be used to prepare your submission. If you have any questions about your eligibility, please contact us at questions@respiratorchallenge.org.

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You must first register no later than Thursday, April 11, 2019, at 5 p.m. Eastern time. Registration is a simple two-step process. First, create a username and password, and then check your inbox to confirm your registration. Next, complete the online registration form. Once you are registered, submit your application no later than Thursday, May 30, 2019, at 5 p.m. Eastern time.

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There will be two rounds of scoring assessment. During the Evaluation Panel review, each valid application will receive scores and comments from a highly qualified panel of expert judges who will use a trait-scoring rubric to assess their assigned submissions. All scores are normalized to ensure a Level Playing Field for everyone. Based on the rank order of submissions as determined by the Evaluation Panel, the three top-scoring submissions will be named as Finalists. Finalists will attend a demonstration period where the Selection Committee will determine the Winner.

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The three Finalists will receive an award of $50,000 each to build a functioning sensor according to their submitted proposals. The Winner will receive a $100,000 award.

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While the Proposal Title, Technical Abstract, and Video for your submission may be published on this website and/or the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate website, the ownership and use of intellectual property arising from this competition remains with you. The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate may choose to negotiate for a license to use the solutions developed as a result of this competition.

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If you need assistance completing the registration and/or application process, please contact us at questions@respiratorchallenge.org or call (615) 933-6026. We encourage people with disabilities representing organizations to apply to the Escape Respirator Challenge. We provide accommodations as needed.

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Please direct all questions regarding your Escape Respirator Challenge to questions@respiratorchallenge.org, and a member of our support team will respond as quickly as possible.

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The overall maximum dimension goal is the fully-packaged device which includes everything to protect the user, including the oxygen system. The device should not have any components that need to be connected by the user, or that are packaged separately, in line with the requirement for rapid donning of the escape respirator in an emergency situation.

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DHS is looking for detailed design concepts that include the oxygen-delivery mechanism and packaged form that meets size and weight specifications. Ideally the detailed design would include an actual initial prototype, both packaged and unpackaged. Invention of a new filter system may not be required.

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The second-stage budget ($50k) for each selected finalist includes salary for the design team labor as well as for materials and fabrication costs to produce an initial prototype. DHS anticipates that the actual winning design will require further development that would be the subject of a follow-on government contract negotiation.