The NFPA Research Fund (previously known as the “Code Fund”) was established in 2006 and is supported each year by a generous financial contribution from NFPA. The purpose of the Fund is to stimulate and provide a mechanism for facilitating research to support the work of NFPA Technical Committees and other NFPA activities.

The Foundation 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 help save lives and reduce loss with information, knowledge, and passion. 

Selection criteria/Process

All are encouraged to submit a project idea through our project idea submission portal. You can also download the required fields in word document format for you to prepare your submission.” Project submittals for the NFPA Research Fund are reviewed on an annual basis at the end of the calendar year. The deadline for the follow year's submittals is December 31. We are seeking ideas of small research or data projects that may help Technical Committees or other NFPA groups resolve issues or stimulate some further research funded by others. NFPA Research 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: technical and scientific value, magnitude of problem, available other funding, likelihood of success, required time frame, relation to strategic research agenda (PDF), and balancing projects across the broad spectrum of NFPA activity areas. Each year the NFPA Research 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. 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 NFPA Research Fund project ideas for the upcoming year. If you have questions, please contact

Successful NFPA Research Fund Application Examples 

Prior projects


The following are the NFPA Research Fund projects from prior years:

2018 selected projects
2017 selected projects
2016 selected projects

2015 selected projects

2014 selected projects

2013 selected projects
2012 selected projects
2011 selected projects
2010 selected projects
2009 selected projects
  • Fire Safety in Theatres - A New Design Approach  (PDF) (2009; NFPA 101 & 5000)
  • Quantitative Evaluation of Fire and EMS Mobilization Times (2010; NFPA 450, 1221, 1710, & 1720) Part 1  (PDF) Part 2  (PDF) Part 3  (PDF)  
  • Profiles on Residential Power Consumption: Phase 1 Final Report  (PDF) (2010; NFPA 70)
  • Measuring the Impact of Fire Extinguisher Agents on Cultural Resource Materials – Final Report  (2010; NFPA 10 & 914) (PDF) 
2008 selected projects
  • The Transition of the Hazardous Materials Codes and the Emergence of the Threshold Quantity System to NFPA 1 UFC  (PDF) (2008; NFPA 1) 
  • Marina and Boatyard Indoor Rack Storage Sprinkler Protection Literature and Data Review  (PDF) (2008; NFPA 13 & 303)
  • Quantifying Smoke Barrier (Fire Stop) Performance (2008; NFPA 80, 101, & 5000)
2007 selected projects
  • Clearance Distance for Gas Appliance Sidewall Venting final report (PDF, 1 MB) (2007; NFPA 54)
  • Explosion Venting Data and Modeling Literature Review (PDF, 3 MB) (2008; NFPA 68)
  • Respiratory Exposure Study for Fire Fighters and Other Emergency Responders - segment 1 (PDF) segment 2  (PDF)  segment 3 (PDF) segment 4 (PDF) (2007; NFPA 1500) 
2006 selected projects
  • Single Point Sprinkler Design Criteria vs Traditional Density-Area Curves (PDF) (2007) 
  • Sprinkler Design Criteria for the Protection of Compact Mobile Shelving Systems (PDF) (2007)
  • Review of NFPA 13 Dry System Water Delivery Provisions  (PDF)  (2007)
  • Public Perceptions of High-Rise Building Safety and Emergency Evacuation Procedures (PDF) (2007)