Innovative ways to destroy PFAs

Can you find a non-thermal way of destroying PFAS in concentrated aqueous film forming foam (AFFF), while creating the least amount of potentially harmful byproducts?

What's the open innovation challenge?

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of synthetic chemicals that have been widely used for more than 60 years to make plastics, firefighting foams, and lubricants, and to help make products stain-resistant, waterproof, and non-stick. Addressing and managing PFAS in the environment is one of the most pressing issues facing the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and its partners.

This is a technical challenge regarding the destruction of PFAS. They are looking for detailed plans for a non-thermal way of destroying PFAS in concentrated aqueous film forming foam (AFFF), while creating the least amount of potentially harmful by-products.

This is a Theoretical Challenge and only requires a written proposal.

There is a total prize award pool of $50,000. The minimum full award amount is $30,000. The EPA and partners can allocate higher individual award amounts, as deemed appropriate.

Eligibility

You must certify that you do not have identical or essentially equivalent work currently funded by a Federal agency. Federal employees acting within the scope of their employment should consult his or her ethics official before participating in the Challenge. 

You are not required to give up any of your intellectual property (“IP”) rights to be eligible to receive an award.

If your proposal is successful, you may be invited to put your solution into practice. You should make it clear if you have the interest and ability for subsequent development phases and would be willing to consider future collaborations and/or subsequent competitions with support of government staff and facilities.

Deadline for applying

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on November 23, 2020.

Late submissions will not be considered.

Next steps

View full details on the InnoCentive website.