SFPE Educational and Scientific Foundation Seeking Grant Applications

The SFPE Educational and Scientific Foundation is seeking proposals for the Chief Donald J. Burns Memorial Research Grant. The purpose of the Chief Donald J. Burns Memorial Research Grant is to utilize information modeling as a means of improving infrastructure safety and fire service preparedness.

The Grant is named in memory of FDNY Assistant Chief Donald Burns. Chief Burns died in the collapse of the World Trade Center Towers on September 11, 2001, while setting up his command post to direct the evacuation.

“Because of this grant we have the opportunity to improve the science and technology that is used to keep firefighters safer during building emergencies,” said SFPE Engineering Program Manager Chris Jelenewicz. “Specifically, this grant will incorporate the principles of fire protection engineering into building information management to provide tools that can be used by first responders.”

Funding for this grant has been provided by Bentley Systems Incorporated. Bentley is a global leader in providing architects, engineers, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure.

Applications will be considered for projects that research, develop or apply information modeling as a means of improving infrastructure safety and fire service preparedness. The grant will fund one grant for a baccalaureate, masters or doctorate student research project that applies information modeling and mobility to improving fire service safety when training for, responding to, and operating during building emergencies.

Specifically, the grant will be awarded to research focused on the use of information management technology that:

  • Provides “real-time” building-specific information to key fire department personnel during and in response to emergency operations;
  • Utilizes the principles of fire dynamics to predict how fire service operations will impact conditions within a building;
  • Provides information to fire department personnel regarding the design of a building’s structural framework, structural fire protection, and how the fire may impact structural stability during a fire;
  • Predicts how humans will behave in a specific structure during a building fire and how their actions will impact fire department operations. 

    Funding shall not exceed $25K (USD). Proposals are due September 30, 2012. To view the Request for Proposal go here.


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