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Fire Research Grants Program

Extramural Fire Research Grants and Cooperative Agreements

Fire Research awards are open to institutions of higher education; hospitals; non-profit organizations; commercial organizations; state, local, and Indian tribal governments; foreign governments; organizations under the jurisdiction of foreign governments; and international organizations. Joint programs with participation by more than one eligible entity are possible.

All awards are made on a competitive basis. An annual notice that provides additional information on the availability of grant funds, applicant eligibility, program objectives, and selection criteria is issued in the Federal Register when funds are approved by Congress (normally by the end of the first quarter of each fiscal year). The number of awards depends on the availability of funds. We anticipate making about three to five new awards annually. Awards are typically $50K to $100K per year for up to 3 years. Proposals should be compatible with the following program goals and objectives:

Fire Fighting Technology Group. Develops, advances, and deploys measurement science to improve fire fighting safety and effectiveness, and provide a science-based understanding of fire phenomena. Carries out mission-related measurement science research and services to advance fire fighting tactics; technology integration into fire-fighting equipment; physics-based training tools that predict fire phenomena and their effects on structures and occupants; fire forensics; and conduct disaster and failure studies to reduce the risk of fire hazard to buildings and fire fighters. The contact person for this group is Anthony Putorti and he may be reached at (301) 975-8615 or anthony.putorti [at] nist.gov.

Engineered Fire Safety Group. Develops, advances, and deploys measurement science for cost-effective fire protection of structures. Carries out mission-related measurement science research and services to predict the fire performance of structures with respect to ignition fire growth and spread, detection, suppression, toxicity, and egress; develop cost-effective performance-based codes, standards, and practices used for fire prevention and control; and conduct disaster and failure studies to reduce the risk of fire hazard to buildings and occupants. The contact person for this group is Thomas Cleary and he may be reached at (301) 975-6858 or erica.kuligowski [at] nist.gov

Flammability Reduction Group. Develops, advances, and deploys measurement science to reduce the fire hazard of building contents and construction materials. Carries out mission-related measurement science research and services to reduce material ignition probability, fire growth and spread, and environmental impacts; and develop codes and standards for cost-effective, fire-safe building contents and construction materials. The contact person for this group is Rick Davis and he may be reached at (301) 975-5901 or rick.davis [at] nist.gov.

Wildland Urban Interface Fire Group. Develops, advances, and deploys measurement science to reduce the risk of fire spread in wildland-urban interface (WUI) communities. Carries out mission-related measurement science research and services to develop risk exposure metrics; predict the spread of fires in WUI communities; assess fire performance of structures and communities; mitigate the impact of WUI fires on structures and communities; and conduct disaster and failure studies to reduce the risk of fire hazard in WUI communities. The contact person for this group is Jiann Yang and he may be reached at (301) 975-6662 or jiann.yang [at] nist.gov.

The National Fire Research Laboratory. Develops, advances, and deploys measurement science to characterize the real-scale fire behavior of combustibles, and the fire performance of structures under realistic fire and structural loading. Carries out mission-related measurement science research and services to improve the fire performance of communities, structures and building contents; develop physics-based models that predict fire behavior and structural performance; and conduct disaster and failure studies to reduce the risk of fire hazards to structures and fire fighters. The contact person for this group is Matthew Bundy and he may be reached at (301) 975-6880 or matthew.bundy [at] nist.gov

Prospective proposers are encouraged to contact the above researchers to determine the extent of interest prior to preparation of a detailed proposal.


Electronic filing is accepted through the following link: grants

Cover page should include a statement indicating that the technical proposal is for the Fire Research Grant Program.

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Created February 9, 2010, Updated November 15, 2019