Today, the U.S. Coast Guard Research and Development Center, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate, launched the U.S. Coast Guard Ready for Rescue Challenge, a $255,000 prize competition that seeks boater safety solutions that will help make it easier to find people in the water.

The Challenge is designed to find novel technology and materials to develop a new or updated life jacket, an attachment to a life jacket, or a new safety device for boaters. The best solutions will be effective, affordable, and hold the potential for wide adoption by recreational boaters. This call is for Phase I in an anticipated three-phase prize competition.

We invite you to submit a concept by 4:59 PM ET, Monday, October 15, 2018. The judging panel will evaluate the submissions and select up to five monetary prize winners and up to five non-monetary honorable mention award winners. $25,000 will be distributed evenly among each of the Phase I monetary prize winners. Learn more about Phases II and III.

– The U.S. Coast Guard Ready for Rescue Challenge team

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