The Fire Protection Research Foundation (FPRF)/NFPA Code Fund was established in 2006 and is supported each year by a generous financial contribution from NFPA of $150K/annually. The purpose of the Code Fund is to stimulate and provide a mechanism for facilitating research to support the work of NFPA Technical Committees.
The FPRF is an independent nonprofit organization whose mission is to plan, manage and communicate research in support of the NFPA mission. The mission of the NFPA is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education
All are encouraged to submit a project idea using the project statement form (docx, 23 KB). Project submittals for the Code Fund are reviewed on an annual basis at the end of the calendar year. The deadline for 2015 submittals is December 5, 2014. We are seeking ideas of small research or data projects that may help Technical Committees resolve issues or stimulate some further research funded by others. Code Fund projects have typically been reasonably small in size (~$30K or less) and completed within one year. We also have an opportunity to provide some smaller projects to current graduate students, so no project is too small.
The review process is conducted based on recommendations provided by a project review panel, with consideration of factors including but not limited to the following: magnitude of problem, relevance to mission, available other funding, likelihood of success, required time frame, relation to strategic research agenda, and balancing projects across the broad spectrum of NFPA subject areas. Each year the Code Fund seeks to partially or fully fund the top prioritized projects based on the available resources.
The Foundation would like to keep the idea generation process on-going throughout the year, so please fill out and submit the project statement form at any time. Submitters are encouraged to submit their project ideas soon after they are considered by TCs or CCs, such as following a first draft or second draft meeting. As project ideas are received, the Foundation will consider how to best pursue. For example, this could mean traditional fund raising to support a project or submission to the pool of Code Fund project ideas for the upcoming year. If you have questions, please contact Derek Deskins.
Successful Code Fund Application Examples
Current year Projects
Summary of the 47 Code Fund project submittals for 2014 (PDF, 207 KB). 15 selected projects:
The following are the Code Fund projects from prior years:
2013 selected projects
2012 selected projects
- Determining the Appropriate Emergency First Responder PPE for Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Fires (NFPA 70E, 1851, 1855, 1951, 1971, 1975, 1999)
- Guide to Applying Reliability Based Decision Making to ITM Frequency for Fire Protection Systems and Equipment (all NFPA standards that have inspection, testing, and maintenance requirements) (PDF, 98 KB)
- Development of Quantitative Risk Assessment Examples for Operating Rooms (NFPA 99) (PDF, 190 KB)
- Defining Emergency and Non Emergency Use of Buildings by Occupants (NFPA 1, 101, and 5000) (PDF, 182 KB)
- Assessment of Total Evacuation Systems of Tall Buildings (NFPA 101) (PDF, 76 KB)
- Sprinkler Protection for Cloud Ceilings (NFPA 13) (PDF, 51 KB)
- Combustible Metals Case Studies (NFPA 484) (PDF, 107 KB)
- Evaluation of Fire Service Training Fires (NFPA 1403)
- Assessing the List of Typical Oxidizers (NFPA 400)
2011 selected projects
2010 selected projects
2009 selected projects
2008 selected projects
2007 selected projects
2006 selected projects