BARDA DRIVe and NIOSH seek expert input on criteria for upcoming mask innovation challenge

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BARDA DRIVe and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are soliciting input on the proposed structure of the upcoming mask innovation challenge, including evaluation criteria and testing protocols that should be used to evaluate submitted novel mask designs.

The mask innovation challenge, a BARDA and NIOSH partnership, will support development of improved mask designs and related technologies that:

  • are more comfortable,
  • have improved fit, and
  • meet predefined performance standards, including protection to the wearer and preventing some level of particles escaping from the mask.

Interested parties should submit their comments to by 5 p.m. ET, January 15 on what the evaluation criteria and testing protocols should be used in the challenge.

BARDA DRIVe and NIOSH also are considering private sector partnerships to support the outreach efforts associated with the mask design challenge. Potential partners should use the RFI to express their interest.

For additional information, see under the “RFI” tab.

Last Updated: January 07, 2021