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Gun Safety Technology Challenge

Help us better understand the impact of gun safety technology on the reliability of firearms.

Department of Justice - Office of Justice Programs

Total Cash Prizes Offered: $150,000
Type of Challenge: Scientific
Submission Start: 10/07/2015 09:00 AM ET
Submission End: 01/05/2016 11:59 PM ET

This challenge is externally hosted.

You can view the challenge details here: http://nij.gov/funding/Pages/fy16-gun-safety-challenge.aspx

Description

The NIJ is announcing its Gun Safety Technology Challenge, which will test the reliability of firearms that have integrated and advanced safety technologies. Such advanced safety technologies could benefit users with improved personalization and added protections from theft and unauthorized use. However, the potential impact of these safety technologies on the reliability of firearms remains a concern. As discussed in the 2013 NIJ report entitled “A Review of Gun Safety Technologies,” these concerns need to be addressed both for potential impact on firearm performance and for garnering user acceptance of safety technologies.  The Challenge will seek “apples to apples” comparisons to the extent possible, such that firearms both with, and without, these advanced gun safety technologies are tested and evaluated using a common methodology and equivalent ammunition.

Prizes

Final Prizes
Cash Prize Amount: $100,000
In the final stage (stage 3), up to ten contestants who submit entries with gun safety technology that meet or exceed the reliability of a comparable firearm without the gun safety technology as determined by NIJ and ATC will receive $10,000. If more than ten contestants submit entries that meet or exceed the reliability of a comparable firearm, a total prize of $100,000 will be divided equally among the winning contestants. Contestants receiving Stage 3 awards will be posted on nij.gov.

Initial Prizes
Cash Prize Amount: $50,000
In Stage 1 of this Challenge, no cash prize will be awarded but selected applicants will be invited to compete in State 2. In Stage 2, up to ten contestants who submit entries with gun safety technology that meet or exceed the reliability of a comparable firearm without the gun safety technology as determined by NIJ and ATC will receive $5,000. If more than ten contestants submit entries that meet or exceed the reliability of a comparable firearm, a total prize of $50,000 will be divided equally among the winning contestants. Contestants receiving Stage 2 awards will be posted on nij.gov and will be invited to participate in Stage 3.

Rules

See NIJ.gov for rules.