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Mission statement

The Research Foundation’s mission is to plan, manage and communicate research is support of the NFPA mission. The NFPA mission 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. 

Foundation operating principles

  • Promote the engagement, proliferation and diversity of credible research.
  • Build broad research capabilities with a large network of contributors and collaborators
  • Communicate and support the dissemination of research results, especially   with practitioners.
  • Facilitate research projects that have at least one of the following characteristics:
    • Be of focused interest to the broad safety community,
    • Have a clear conceptual relationship to a specific model code or standard,
    • Be of focused interest to a SDO (standards developing organization) technical committee or similar constituency group,
    • Be directly related to an out-reach or advocacy issue, or
    • Not involve proprietary product development.
In This Section
  • Working with us Learn how to conduct a project with the Research Foundation.
  • Advisory services The Advisory Services program works to actively support universities and other academic institutions conducting fire safety research consistent with NFPA’s mission.
  • Officers & Trustees A list of NFPA's trustees.

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