Research Grants

To support baccalaureate, masters and doctoral student research projects in fire safety science or fire protection engineering. A condition of funding is that research must result in a publishable paper and that paper or an alternate presentation must be made available for posting on the SFPE website.

Requests up to USD $25,000 will be considered. The maximum overhead allocation that the Foundation will approve is 25% of the value of the grant.

The request* must be submitted by the student and must include the student’s faculty adviser’s recommendation. These should be sent to the SFPE Foundation at

  • Submissions may not be longer than 5 pages.
  • Submissions shall include a timeline of major tasks and deliverables.
  • Review and recommendation will be by a global review panel comprised of fire safety experts. Final decisions rest with the Foundation’s Board of Governors.

Submissions will be accepted an any time.

Evaluation Criteria
Applications for research grants must, in addition to the research plan, provide written documentation addressing each of the evaluation criteria. Clear, concise written examples of prior research and experience will greatly aid the evaluation process. The following specific criteria will apply to the review of each application.

Technical Merit – 35%. This is a measure of the quality of the research plan and the possibility that it will yield valid and broadly applicable results or contribute to knowledge in the profession. The plan will be evaluated according to the following:

  • Does the hypothesis or objective have a supported basis?
  • Does the approach follow accepted procedures of scientific inquiry?
  • Are the means of evaluating experimental results appropriate?
  • Is there anything novel about this research?

Usefulness – 35%. This is a measure of the potential impact of the research on the field of fire protection engineering. Applicants should provide information to help determine the following:

  • Will the research produce results that are useful for fire protection engineers?
  • Will the research advance the student, adviser, or institution in such a way that, individually or collectively, they will be able to contribute to the future of fire protection engineering?

Qualifications – 15%. Applicants should provide the following information:

  • Number of fire protection engineering students whose research was supervised by the faculty supervisor in the last 5 years.
  • Number of students in other engineering disciplines whose research was supervised by the faculty adviser in the last 5 years.
  • List of faculty adviser’s major publications resulting from research assisted by students in the last 5 years.

Achievability – 15%. This is a measure of whether the proposed plan can be carried out within the stated time frame. Applicants should specifically identify the following:

  • Human and facility resources available (or planned) at the home institution.
  • Facilities or assistance to be provided from another institution.

Prior Recipients
Find the following research grants that have been funded by the SFPE Foundation here.