$1.55M DHS Prize for Opioid Detection Solutions for the International Mail
Last week the U.S. Department of Homeland Security launched the Opioid Detection Challenge in collaboration with CBP, USPIS, and ONDCP. The $1.55M global prize competition calls upon innovators from a broad cross-section of disciplines (e.g., forensic science, artificial intelligence, quality assurance, scientific instruments, security, technology) to submit novel plans for rapid, nonintrusive detection tools that will help find illicit opioids in international mail.
International mail — through both USPS and express consignment — has been identified as a route for illicit opioids entering the United States, commonly transported in nearly pure, powdered form. Consequently, large-scale drug trafficking can occur via very small packages sent in the mail.
DHS is looking for automated, user-friendly tools and technologies that have the potential to quickly and accurately detect opioids in parcels, without disrupting the flow of mail. The Challenge is open to international and domestic participants.
If you or a colleague are interested in learning more, there will be an informational webinar on March 11th at 1:30 PM ET, where we will provide more context and answer questions. Submissions are due by 4:59 PM ET on April 24, 2019.