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NASA Challenge: Non-invasive Measurement of Intra-cranial Pressure

STATUS: Awarded
ACTIVE SOLVERS: 636
POSTED: 12/17/12

This Challenge seeks a non-invasive method or technology to measure the absolute intracranial pressure (i.e., the pressure of the interior of a human’s head). 

This Challenge requires only a written proposal.

Source: InnoCentive
Challenge ID: 9933284
 
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Challenge Overview

During spaceflight, the astronaut’s body experiences short and long term changes in physiology which may result in permanent changes to tissues and organs, especially during long missions.  NASA has documented that some astronauts who have been on long duration missions (6 months in microgravity) experience changes in visual acuity and in eye anatomy. NASA suspects that these changes in the eye are related to increased intracranial pressure and would like to monitor this pressure non-invasively over time.  Currently, known measurement technologies are either invasive or too inaccurate to be acceptable for repeated measurements over time.  

This is a Theoretical Challenge that requires only a written proposal to be submitted.  The Challenge award will be contingent upon theoretical evaluation of the proposal by the Seeker. 

To receive an award, Solvers will not have to transfer their exclusive IP rights to the Seeker.  Instead, they will grant to the Seeker non-exclusive license to practice their proposed solution. 

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An InnoCentive Theoretical Challenge builds upon an idea but is not yet a proof of concept. A solution to a Theoretical Challenge will solidify the Solver's concept with detailed descriptions, specifications and requirements necessary to bringing a good idea closer to becoming an actual product or service.

This Challenge is a Theoretical-Licensing Challenge, meaning that the Seeker is requesting non-exclusive rights to use the winning solution. By contrast, Theoretical-IP Transfer means that Solvers must relinquish all rights to the Intellectual Property (IP) for which they are awarded. For these forms of a Theoretical Challenge, Solvers that do not win retain the rights to their solution after the evaluation period is complete. The Seeker retains no rights to any IP not awarded.

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