The Challenge

Protect our warfighters through innovation

The Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense (JPEO-CBD) is inviting the textile technology and innovation community to participate in PROOF: The ChemBio Suit Design Challenge for a chance to win up to $150,000 in prizes!


  • Challenge Launch August 19, 2016
  • Kick-Off Event August 25, 2016
  • Submission Period Closes October 28, 2016
  • Blitz Round November 14-25, 2016
  • Winners Announced January 2017

Get Started

The current chemical biological suit’s burden, weight and bulkiness restrict the Warfighter’s agility, range of motion and maneuverability necessary to conduct their duties.  We are seeking innovative ideas for solutions that will increase Warfighter mobility, dexterity and tactility, allowing the Warfighter to complete all relevant tasks in a fast and comfortable manner, without fatigue associated with the ensemble.

We are also seeking ideas for heat management that reduce heat burden and actively cool the Warfighter as various physical tasks are conducted. Finally, we welcome ideas that improve the seamless integration between suit components, such as mask-helmet or glove-boot interface. The ultimate goal is to relieve any burdens and hazards to the Warfighter and improve operational capabilities in combating chemical and biological wartime threats.

What is your innovative idea?

Submit your design

Focus Areas

  • Heat Management

    Reducing the heat burden and stress during physically active tasks.

  • Dexterity & Tactility

    Improving the design to allow the Warfighter to be skillfully tactile and dexterous during a mission.

  • Integration

    Improving the integration of the suit materials and its various parts.

  • Mobility

    Improving the chemical biological suit’s burden, weight, and bulkiness to improve the Warfighter’s agility, range of motion, and maneuverability necessary to conduct their duties.

  • Miscellaneous

    All other ideas and solutions that relieve any burdens and hazards to the Warfighter and improve operational capabilities.


Total Awards $250,000

  • Up to 5   Win up to $5,000 Each
  • Up to 3   Win up to $25,000 Each
  • Up to 3   Win $50,000 - $150,000

You Are the Solution

Designing for Safety & Responsiveness

Help us solve this garment problem–bring or build your own team of creative, resilient, out-of-the-box thinkers. Don’t miss this opportunity for you to collaborate across disciplines to put your research into practice. It is through your eyes and experience that we will improve force readiness, responsiveness and effectiveness.

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