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NFPA Foundation Grants

NFPA Foundation Grants

The NFPA Education and Technology Foundation is committed to supporting educational programs and research in fluid power. We have established a Grant Program, available to NFPA member schools, to achieve the following objectives:

  • Actively engage students at all grade levels in learning about fluid power.
  • Encourage the development of new teaching resources—fluid power laboratories as well as on-line, print and hands-on instruction tools.
  • Support research in motion control through fluid power at the two-year, four-year and graduate school levels.
  • Foster ongoing forums between educators and industry so that ideas and priorities of mutual interest can be shared and set. 

The Grant Program consists of four funding mechanisms

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Fluid Power Teaching Grants

Grants will be awarded to recipients as undesignated funds. Grants will be awarded to those seeking support of projects that do not involve considerations of intellectual property. 100% of the award designated as a gift will go directly to the actual project costs and will not be applied to any overhead.

Grant amounts will not exceed $5,000 and will be awarded for projects such as:
  • Student activity-based learning
  • Senior capstone projects
  • Student competitions
  • Curricula development by faculty
  • Development of teaching tools (e.g., textbooks, software programs, training stations)

Project Areas:

 To best achieve our objectives, the Foundation seeks proposals in the following areas:
1   Design fluid power curricula for mechanical engineering programs at 4-year universities
2   Projects targeted to encourage students to identify and solve real-world problems with a fluid
  power application
3   Development of curriculum or certification for fluid power/automation at the 2-year college level
4   Development of hands-on introduction to fluid power training kits for targeted schools

Fluid Power Research Grants

Grants will be awarded to recipients as designated funds. Support of fluid power-related research will be the focus of these grants. Though overhead may be charged by universities for these grants, considerations of intellectual property dictate a grants channel. 

The grant program has multiple goals. In addition to strengthening ties between individual researchers and industry, the grant program seeks to stimulate interest in fluid power on campuses across the country and attract some of the best and brightest students to the field. It also seeks to provide world-class university research on pre-competitive problems of wide interest to the fluid power industry. 

Research projects funded through Foundation grants should have potential application in the marketplace within five years. The duration of each grant will be two years. The target support level should be $50-75K per year for each of the two years, resulting in a total target proposal level of $100-$150K. At least 50% of the total proposal cost should be covered by grantee institution matching funds. Grant funds can be used to pay for salary for faculty, stipends for graduate students or post-doctoral fellows, equipment, supplies and services, and relevant travel required for the grant-funded project. Note that the grantee may be required to travel to present their work to the NFPA member companies at annual meetings, campus visits, or webcasts, and this should be budgeted accordingly. Applicants should identify the overhead rate charged by the grantee institution, and how it will be applied to the project.

A signed Grant Agreement is required in order to receive funding. We understand that each educational institution may require minor changes to the agreement. However, this agreement must be finalized and signed before funding can be provided.

Project Areas

 To best achieve our objectives, the Foundation seeks proposals aligned with the R&D challenges
 identified in the Technology Roadmap for the Fluid Power Industry.
1   Increasing the energy efficiency of fluid power components and systems.
2   Improving the reliability of fluid power components and systems (e.g., increasing up-time,
  eliminating leaks, reducing maintenance requirements, making fluid power safe and easy
  to use).
3   Reducing the size of fluid power components and systems while maintaining or increasing
  their power output.
4   Development of hands-on introduction to fluid power training kits for targeted schools
5   Reducing the environmental impact of fluid power components and systems (e.g., lowering
  noise, eliminating leaks). 
6   Improving and applying the energy storage, recovery and redeployment capabilities of fluid
  power components and systems.

For more information about the Teaching and Research Grant Program, contact Sue Chase.

 

Fluid Power Lab

Fluid Power Lab Grants

The Fluid Power Laboratory Grant Program helps to establish state-of-the-art training labs at qualifying educational institutions. Hundreds of budding engineers use these labs to study fluid power with the eventual goal of working in the fluid power industry after they graduate.

Grant applications are judged in a number of areas—whether the lab uses both hydraulics and pneumatics, student involvement, what new projects are initiated and the lab’s multiplier effect to create other relevant projects and curricula.

Fluid Power Lab Grant Awards

2012 – Western Michigan University
Students are currently using the lab in the IME3840 Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics class. It is anticipated that 130 students in five different undergraduate and graduate level classes will get hands-on experience with the lab each year.

2013 – Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE)
A new mechatronics/fluid power lab will support a transformative curriculum that will develop students’ technical skills throughout their four years of undergraduate study.


Support the Fluid Power Lab Grant Program


Financial support
If you would like to support the lab program, DONATE here and designate “to Fluid Power Laboratories.”


Material donations

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NFPA Member Companies
If you would like to donate materials and components, send your product lists to Carrie Tatman Schwartz. The items you donate will be used by Educator Members on their existing labs, trainers and other educational projects.

NFPA Educator Members
If you would like to submit a “wish-list” of products and materials needed at your school, send it to Carrie Tatman Schwartz. You will be contacted by NFPA Member Companies that can supply the products.  

Contact information for NFPA Member Companies and Educator Members will be provided, and they will be asked to contact each other directly.

 

Fluid Power Challenge Grants

The NFPA Education and Technology Foundation awards grants to schools and educational institutions to facilitate the teaching of hydraulics and pneumatics. Are you planning to teach fluid power in your classroom or through a Fluid Power Challenge event? You may qualify for a Fluid Power Challenge grant.

Grant awards are intended to help defray the costs directly related to the educational aspects of the Challenge program, i.e., for the purchase of program materials such as Classroom Exercise Kits or Challenge Event Kits, or other expenses directly related to students and teachers participating in Fluid Power Challenge events or classroom activities that teach fluid power.

Applications may be submitted at any time during the calendar year and are reviewed on an on-going basis. Applicants are required to submit a report of how the money will be used, including a description of the type of materials requested, type of class, activity, or Fluid Power Challenge event they will be used in, class size and grade level. Follow-up reports, including photos, videos and testimonials, are required.

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Congratulations to the schools that have received Challenge grants:

    2014
    North Hills Middle School, Pittsburgh, PA

    2013
    Jerling Junior High, Orland Park, IL
    John Young Middle School, Mishawaka, IN
    King's Fork High School, Suffolk, VA
    Longfellow Middle School, Wauwatosa, WI
    Mitchell Middle School, Racine, WI
    Oak Prairie Junior High School, Homer Glen, IL
    Whitman Middle School, Wauwatosa, WI

    2012
    Brown Intermediate Center, South Bend, IN
    Clay Intermediate Center, South Bend, IN
    Edison Intermediate Center, South Bend, IN
    Eisenhower Junior High School, Hoffman Estates, IL
    Greene Intermediate Center, South Bend, IN
    Jackson Intermediate Center, South Bend, IN
    Jane Addams Junior High School, Schaumburg, IL
    Jefferson Traditional Center, South Bend, IN
    Jerling Junior High, Orland Park, IL
    La Causa Charter School, Milwaukee, WI
    LaSalle Academy, South Bend, IN
    Lincoln Prairie School, Hoffman Estates, IL
    Longfellow Middle School, Wauwatosa, WI
    Marshall Intermediate Center, South Bend, IN
    Metcalf Junior High School, Burnsville, MN
    Navarre Intermediate Center, South Bend, IN
    Oak Prairie Junior High School, Homer Glen, IL
    Whitman Middle School, Wauwatosa, WI

    2011
    Gardiner Public Schools, Gardiner, MT
    High Point Regional High School, Sussex, NJ
    King's Fork High School, Suffolk, VA
    Maury High School, Norfolk, VA


For more information, please contact Lynn Beyer, Workforce Program Manager at lbeyer@nfpa.com or (414) 778-3364.

 

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