Help Build the Future of Playing Surface Safety Through the HealthTECH Challenge

The NFL has partnered with Football Research, Inc. (FRI) and Duke Biomedical Engineering (Duke BME) to announce the HealthTECH Challenge, a crowd-sourced challenge to accelerate innovations that can help make playing surfaces more consistent and safer for players.

The Challenge invites submissions that address several possible elements of natural and synthetic playing surface safety. These include:

  • New or improved field maintenance techniques.
  • Equipment that reduces variability across the surface and/or over time.
  • Methodologies to prolong the viability of natural grass surfaces in NFL stadiums.
  • Topical treatments for synthetic surfaces that improve traction for players.
  • Equipment to protect playing surfaces during non-sporting events.
  • Field usage monitoring technologies.

Proposals are due on February 20, 2024. Read More.