We all know face masks can be troublesome to wear. They can irritate your skin, hurt your ears and fog up your glasses. That’s why the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has launched the $500,000 “Mask Innovation Challenge” to find new and effective masks people will find more comfortable to wear. Contest participants have until April 21 to submit innovative ideas that would help eliminate common concerns that come with wearing masks while making sure they effectively protect against the coronavirus. HHS is hosting the contest in collaboration with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, the agency responsible for leading the charge on the production and purchase of vaccines. If you have a unique idea that follows required safety guidelines, you can submit your idea at https://app.reviewr.com/BARDA/site/BARDAChallenge by 5 p.m. ET on April 21. You must be a US citizen or legal resident to receive a prize. Up to 10 winners will be chosen in the first phase of the challenge and will split a $100,000 prize, with each person taking home up to $10,000. The masks will be judged by their filtration efficiency, inhalation airflow resistance, fit and other test methods depending on the design.
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