The International Society for Respiratory Protection

Improve Respirator Fit Evaluations by entering NIOSH-sponsored Challenge

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is announcing the launch of the NIOSH Respirator Fit Evaluation Challenge, a 3-phase prize challenge with a total of $350,000 in prize money.

The Challenge is a collaboration between NIOSH, Capital Consulting Corporation, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. For some background, small and disadvantaged workplaces often do not have the resources to conduct initial and annual respirator fit testing. Additionally, now more than ever the general public is wearing tight-fitting respirators without the benefit of a fit test to know if the respirator selected is properly providing the intended level of protection. These problems present an opportunity for innovators to design a respirator fit test and feedback solution that delivers users real-time information on a filtering facepiece respirators (FFRs) fit.


To enter Phase 1 of the challenge, individuals or teams will need to submit a 10-page concept paper by the Phase 1 closing date, May 1st, 2023. There will be up to 20 Phase 1 Winners eligible to win $5,000 and continue onto Phase 2 of the challenge.


Teams can register for the challenge at


To learn more about the challenge, register for the informational webinar on February 2, 2023 at 1 PM EST: