Student Research Grant Program
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.
Request up to USD $25,000 will be considered.The maximum overhead
allocation that the Foundation will approve is 25% of the value of the
Two copies of the request* must be submitted by the student and must
include the student's faculty adviser's recommendation. These should be
SFPE Educational and Scientific Foundation
c/o Foundation Clerk
7315 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 620E
Phone 301-718-2910 | 301-718-2910 | Fax 301- 718-2242
- 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.
Specific evaluation criteria are shown below.
Applications for Student 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.
Achieve-ability – 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.