What We Do

The SFPE Foundation identifies and promotes research pertinent to the development, advancement, and
application of scientific and engineering principles to safeguard people, property, mission, heritage, and the environment from the negative impacts of unwanted fire. The Foundation has been revitalized to push forward the goals of supporting and growing research. This has been done in part through alignment with the SFPE Research Roadmap. The Foundation develops project proposals that align with the six priority roadmap areas shown below. Research is a vital component in moving the fire protection engineering industry forward and working to create a world that is safe from fire.

Research Roadmap Areas

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  • Demographics, vulnerable populations, anthropometry

  • Standardization of design fires
  • Practical models

  • Energy storage
  • Risk assessment for WUI structures

  • Risk/resilience - environmental impact

  • System reliability, data collection for maintenance frequency
  • Smart firefighting

  • Quantifying measurement and calculation uncertainty