They received a $100,000 from the Grand Challenges Explorations grant through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Dr. Richard Chartoff and his team say they will try to develop a new material for condoms. They say condoms on the market now have flaws that make people choose not to use them.
“Some of them are allergenic, particularly latex condoms, and they’re rather thick and sensitivity is not good, and they also tend to slip and rip,” said Richard Chartoff, UO research professor.
The project is in its first phase, and depending on how it progresses, it could be awarded more money from the foundation.