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As the research affiliate of NFPA, the Fire Protection Research Foundation is an independent nonprofit whose mission is to plan, manage, and communicate research in support of the association. 

The Research Foundation was established in 1982 in response to a growing need for research that better informed NFPA’s expanding body of codes and standards. To ensure the research remained independent, the Foundation was formed as a separate 501(c) (3) organization.  Since then, the Foundation has facilitated major research programs (both domestic and international in scope) that address industry challenges in multiple areas, including detection and signaling, hazardous materials, electrical safety, fire suppression, storage of commodities, firefighter health and safety, and emerging technologies, among other issues.

Each project is guided by a technical panel that provides its expertise and with input from sponsors, the research community, the fire service, NFPA technical committees and other stakeholders. Findings from the Foundation’s critically applied research have been used by NFPA’s technical committee members and others to support the association’s fire and life safety mission.



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Request for proposals

The Foundation periodically issues requests for proposals for the conduct of research. To automatically receive notification of these requests, please e-mail Eric Peterson.

Have a research project idea? 

If you have a research project idea for the Research Foundation to consider, please submit the project request through our online project idea submission portal.

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