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Gun Safety Technology Challenge

Awards to USA Individuals, Businesses, Nonprofits to
Demonstrate Effects of Technology on Firearm Systems

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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National Institute of Justice (NIJ)

Deadline Date:

01/05/16 11:59 PM ET or postmark date

Description:

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Awards of $10,000 to USA, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands individuals, nonprofits, and businesses developing and manufacturing guns that incorporate safety mechanisms or utilize advanced safety technologies to demonstrate the effect that safety technology has on firearm systems.

This is the first phase (information and safety review) of a three-phase process.

Applicants will submit a white paper describing their product or technology and are encouraged to provide any existing test reports or data pertaining to its performance and/or reliability.

The test procedures will be based on the U.S. Army Test Operating Procedures (TOP) for small and light arms and other tests that may be appropriate. For example, NIJ has developed standards for revolvers, pistols, and shotguns for law enforcement applications which contain test methods for the respective firearms.

Specifically, the NIJ seeks an objective demonstration of the reliability of firearms available today with advanced gun safety technology integrated into the firearm. The reliability of firearms with integrated advanced safety technologies has been cited as a concern regarding the potential performance and user acceptance of products that may incorporate such technologies, as discussed in the 2013 NIJ report.

It is anticipated that the results of the Challenge will provide a basis to improve the general understanding of whether the addition of a smart gun technology does or does not significantly reduce the reliability of the firearm system compared to existing firearms. It is believed that this is the first effort to apply a methodology to provide a rigorous and scientific assessment of the technical performance characteristics of these types of firearms.

With this Challenge, manufacturers and developers of (1) firearms that incorporate advanced safety technologies or (2) firearms accessories utilizing advanced safety technologies that are intended to modify firearms are invited to submit their products for testing and evaluation by ATC personnel. NIJ hopes to better understand the effect of smart gun technology on the reliability of the firearm versus the same or similar firearms without the added safety technology. This Challenge seeks “apples to apples” comparisons to the greatest extent possible, such that firearms with and without advanced gun safety technology that are similar with respect to type, form factor, caliber, and other physical characteristics are tested and evaluated using a common methodology and equivalent ammunition.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 164144

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$100,000

Number of Grants:

Approximately 10.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Stage 1: The names of contestants who submit materials to Stage 1 and are invited to participate in Stage 2 will be posted on nij.gov.

Stage 2: Up to ten contestants who submit entries with gun safety technology that meet or exceed the reliability of a comparable firearm without the gun safety technology as determined by NIJ and ATC will receive $5,000. If more than ten contestants submit entries that meet or exceed the reliability of a comparable firearm, a total prize of $50,000 will be divided equally among the winning contestants. Contestants receiving Stage 2 awards will be posted on nij.gov and will be invited to participate in Stage 3.

Stage 3: Up to ten contestants who submit entries with gun safety technology that meet or exceed the reliability of a comparable firearm without the gun safety technology as determined by NIJ and ATC will receive $10,000. If more than ten contestants submit entries that meet or exceed the reliability of a comparable firearm, a total prize of $100,000 will be divided equally among the winning contestants. Contestants receiving Stage 3 awards will be posted on nij.gov.

Eligibility:

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

(1) Individual residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and American Samoa (collectively “the United States) who are at least 21 years old at the time of entry;
(2) Teams of eligible individuals; and
(3) Corporations or other legal entities (e.g., partnerships or nonprofit organizations).

Employees of NIJ and individuals or entities listed on the Federal Excluded Parties list (www.epls.gov) are not eligible to participate. Employees of the Federal Government should consult with the Ethics Officer at their place of employment prior to submitting an entry for this Challenge. The Challenge is subject to all applicable federal laws and regulations. Submission of an entry constitutes a contestant's full and unconditional agreement to all applicable rules and conditions set forth herein. Eligibility for the prize award is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.

Contestants domiciled in the United States, who manufacture a firearm for purposes of the Challenge, must have a Federal firearms license (FFL), and be in compliance with all federal firearms laws and regulations. Contestants not domiciled in the United States, who manufacture a firearm for purposes of the Challenge, must submit their entry through a legally appropriate United States business entity—e.g., an importer. All contestants, domestic or foreign, who manufacture an accessory to modify an existing firearm do not need an FFL or other legally appropriate business entity to submit an entry.

Pre-Application Information:

Stage 1 – Information review: Contestants must submit a white paper describing their product or technology and are encouraged to provide any existing test reports or data pertaining to its performance and/or reliability. Contestants must also provide a safety assessment report demonstrating that their products are safe for testing personnel to handle and operate with live ammunition. Regular maintenance instructions and cleaning schedules must also be submitted. There is no limit to the amount of written material or information that contestants may submit. No written materials will be returned.

The submitted material will be reviewed and evaluated by NIJ and ATC to determine whether the contestant will be invited to proceed to Stage 2 testing.

Contestants will be responsible for all shipping costs associated with the Challenge.

Potential participants sending materials by mail or carrier should send an email to gunsafetytechnology@usdoj.gov for notification purposes that materials are en route.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

gunsafetytechnology@usdoj.gov

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)

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