EGRP News Flash - June 8, 2012

Competition Announced for Sensors that Detect Air Pollution and Physiological Response

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology recently announced the My Air, My Health Challenge to tap into the ingenuity of American problem solvers to develop innovative solutions that connect timely, location-specific air pollution data and human health measurements to provide a more detailed picture of air quality's impact on human health.

In the first phase of the competition, competitors will propose designs for sensors that can be easily worn or carried, and take into account a known or plausible link between airborne pollutants and health measurements, such as heart rate and breathing. The proposals should also address how to make a wide array of collected data available to a broad spectrum of researchers, public health institutions, and other interested parties. Up to four finalists from phase one will receive $15,000 each.

In the second phase of the competition, the finalists will develop their proposals into working prototypes to demonstrate how their systems can be integrated for practical use by health and environmental agencies and by individual citizens. One of the finalists will then be awarded $100,000 for the most effective solution for integrating physiological and air quality data that is usable and meaningful to long-term health outcomes.

Visit http://challenge.govExternal Web Site Policy to obtain more details about the competition, including requirements, deadlines, and how to submit a proposal.

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