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The 6th annual NFL 1st and Future competition, for the first time, will be broadcast in primetime during Super Bowl LV week on NFL Network.

1st and Future is the NFL's annual Super Bowl event designed to spur innovation in athlete safety and performance. This year's event will feature two categories of competition:

  • The first category, the Innovations to Advance Player Health and Safety Competition: Submissions for innovations that could improve player health and safety, including but not limited to: protective equipment, medical devices, sensors and training devices. Up to four start-up businesses will be selected as finalists and will have the chance to pitch their innovations to a panel of judges. The grand prize winner will be awarded $50,000, and the second place winner will be awarded $25,000. All submissions will be managed by Duke University's Clinical and Translational Science Institute (Duke CTSI). Please click here to apply. The application deadline has been extended until January 4.
  • The second category, the NFL Computer Vision Competition: Applicants will have access to NFL game data to model a computer vision system for detecting on-field helmet impacts during NFL plays. The top five performing models will win $25,000, $20,000, $15,000, $10,000 and $5,000, respectively. Winners may have the opportunity to appear on the virtual event and present their winning entries. The NFL Computer Vision Competition will crowdsource solutions via the data science platform, Kaggle. To learn more and apply, please click here. The deadline to apply is December 28.

Please click here to see the official rules and eligibility requirements.