What Can You Do For Head Health?


We have joined forces to advance the development of technologies that can detect early stage mild traumatic brain injuries and improve brain protection. As collaborators, we are committing up to $22 million to fund innovative solutions that will help us accomplish our mission.

The Head Health Initiative includes three Challenge topics. Challenge I focused on discovering imaging and algorithms we believe will be able to better detect and analyze subtle changes in the brain. By providing doctors with a better understanding of the molecular and physiological changes that occur shortly after a traumatic event, we hope to help patients and bring better health to more people. The focus of Challenge II will be on new materials and technologies that can protect the brain from traumatic brain injury and new tools for tracking head impacts in real time. Challenge III seeks to stimulate the development of a range of materials that provide excellent energy absorbing and energy dissipating properties.

  • Challenge I: Methods for Diagnosis and Prognosis of Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries: This Challenge is currently closed to submissions. The NFL and GE announced winners in January 2014.
    Learn more about Challenge I

  • Challenge II: Innovative Approaches For Preventing and Identifying Brain Injuries: This Challenge is a collaboration between the NFL, Under Armour, and GE and was closed to proposal submissions on February 11, 2014. 
    Learn more about Challenge II

  • Challenge III: Advanced Materials for Impact Mitigation: This Challenge is a collaboration between the NFL, Under Armour, GE, NIST and opens for abstract submission February 2, 2014.
    Learn more about Challenge III


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