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Wearable Alcohol Biosensor

A Wearable Alcohol Biosensor - A Second Challenge

National Institutes of Health

Total Cash Prizes Offered: $100,000
Type of Challenge: Scientific
Submission Start: 2016/12/10 12:00 AM ET
Submission End: 2017/05/15 11:59 PM ET

Description

The purpose of this Challenge — “A Wearable Alcohol Biosensor: A Second Challenge” — is to produce a prototype of a sleek, unobtrusive wearable capable of monitoring blood alcohol, non-invasively, and in real time. Such a device would significantly advance current alcohol monitoring capabilities. Highest priority will be given to devices that use non-invasive technologies to measure alcohol concentration in the blood or interstitial fluids, as opposed to detection of alcohol exuded through the skin in sweat or vapor. We welcome creative approaches — surprise us!

Prizes

1st Prize: $200,000.00

2nd Prize: $100,000.00

Rules

A complete listing of the Eligibility Rules can be found in the Federal Register Notice. Below is a brief description of certain eligibility requirements. All entrants must:

  1. Register to participate.
  2. Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States; for businesses, be incorporated in and have a primary place of business in the United States.
  3. Not be a federal entity or federal employee acting within the scope of his/her employment.
  4. Not be an NIH employee, or member (or relative of a member) of the technical evaluation panel or judging panel.
  5. Not infringe on copyright or rights of a 3rd party.
  6. Assume all risks and waive claims against the federal government.
  7. Indemnify the federal government against 3rd party claims.
  8. Grant NIH a license to post, link to, share, and display entries
  9. Follow applicable laws, regulations, and policies

Judging Criteria

  • Accuracy, reliability, and frequency of blood alcohol levels as validated by NIAAA.
  • Functionality, accuracy, and integration of data collection, data transmission and data storage
  • Safeguards for data integrity and privacy protection for the wearer
  • Plans for process of manufacture
  • Marketability and likelihood of bringing the product to market
  • Appeal and acceptability to wearers

How To Enter

For additional information, see https://niaaa.nih.gov/challenge-prize and consult the Federal Register Announcement at https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/12/09/2016-29436/announcement-of-requirements-and-registration-for-a-wearable-alcohol-biosensor-a-second-challenge.

Solvers must register on Challenge.gov and submit their solutions via the “Submit Solution” button on the left tab of this page.