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NFL Helmet Challenge

NFL Helmet Challenge

A $3 million innovation challenge that aims to stimulate the development of a new helmet for NFL players that outperforms the current model
stage:
Challenge Kickoff Symposium
prize:
$3,000,000
Overview

Challenge Overview

 

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 May 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 in November and the submission of helmets for final evaluation in May 2021, applicants will 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 will include those developed through the Engineering Roadmap, such as NFL video review data and finite element models of modern football helmets.

 

For the official rules, please visit here.

View the challenge FAQs here.

For additional information, visit here.
 

Timeline

Challenge Timeline

start
Sept. 26, 2019, 10:01 a.m. PDT
Date Launched
Nov. 13, 2019, 9 a.m. PST
Challenge Kickoff Symposium
November 13th to the 15th: Symposium in Youngstown, OH — Kickoff of the challenge
Nov. 18, 2019, midnight PST
Enter
Nov. 19, 2019, 1:53 a.m. PST
You are here
March 23, 2020, 9 a.m. PDT
Grant submission deadline
Exact date and time TBD
May 1, 2020, 9 a.m. PDT
Grants awarded
Exact date and time TBD
June 14, 2021, 9 a.m. PDT
Submission Deadline
Exact date and time TBD
finish
July 14, 2021, 9 a.m. PDT
Helmet prototype submissions due
Exact date and time TBD
Forum
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