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Chief Donald J. Burns Memorial Research Grant

The purpose of the Chief Donald J. Burns Memorial Research Grant is to utilize information modeling as a means of improving infrastructure safety and fire service preparedness. The grant is named in memory of FDNY Assistant Chief Donald J. Burns. Chief Burns died in the collapse of the World Trade Center Towers on September 11, 2001, while setting up his command post to direct the evacuation.

Funding for this grant has been provided by Bentley Systems. Bentley is a global leader in providing architects, engineers, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure.

Applications will be considered for projects that research, develop or apply information modeling as a means of improving infrastructure safety and fire service preparedness. The grant will fund one baccalaureate, masters or doctorate student research project that applies information modeling and mobility to improving fire service safety when training for, responding to, and operating during building emergencies. Specifically, the grant will be awarded to research focused on the use of information management technology that:

  • Provides "real-time” building-specific information to key fire department personnel during and in response to emergency operations;

  • Utilizes the principles of fire dynamics to predict how fire service operations will impact conditions within a building;

  • Provides information to fire department personnel regarding the design of a building’s structural framework, structural fire protection, and how the fire may impact structural stability during a fire;

  • Predicts how humans will behave in a specific structure during a building fire and how their actions will impact fire department operations.

Application Information

Applications are being reviewed by the review panel and a selection for 2016 will be made soon. We will begin accepting 2017 grant applications in October 2017.

Past Recipients

2015 - Fire Navigator Research
Nahom Daniel and Guillermo Rein, Imperial College London

2014 – Development of a Cyber Physical System for Fire Safety (Final Report | Presentation)
Rosalie Faith Wills and Andre Marshall, University of Maryland

2013 – Property Risk Optimization by Predictive Hazard Evaluation Tool (PROPHET) (Final Report |Presentation)
Austin Anderson and O.A. Ezekoye, The University of Texas at Austin

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Board of Governors
Grants and Awards

Chief Donald J. Burns Memorial Research Grant

Dr. Guylène Proulx, OC Scholarship

Student Research Grants

Jack Bono Award

Arthur B. Guise Medal

Foundation Student Scholar
Contributor Spotlight
Heritage Documents

SFPE

U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology

U.S. Fire Administration

U.S. Department of Energy

National Research Council Canada
Foundation News
SFPE Home