CDC issues grant opportunity to improve protective gear

The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a grant award announcement this month to research technical improvements on personal protective equipment (PPE).

The announcement says the global and domestic health care response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa revealed the weaknesses of current PPE used by health personnel. Ideal improvements would consist of more uniformity in design and greater protective capacity while allowing full ability to perform needed health care functions. The CDC noted areas of concern that include heat build-up in current PPE garments, fluid penetration through materials, sizing and fitting inconsistencies, and the time it takes to put on and take off the garments.

The research focus lies in improving these and other issues associated with garments and respirators and to be able to perform scalable production.

The CDC intends to offer one cooperative agreement with a value between $2 million and $3 million. This award can be granted to governmental entities, private industry, academic institutions or nonprofit organizations.

Interested applicants will need to submit their applications electronically by Jan. 19, 2016 at 5 p.m. EST through the website.

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