Curriculum Grants


  Undergraduate Students
Taught fluid power each year at 4-year universities

Through our Fluid Power Teaching, Laboratory and Curriculum Grant Programs, we are helping the academic faculty impacted by our fluid power research projects to teach more fluid power in the university setting. These grants help to create and disseminate fluid power curriculum and provide a pathway for funded faculty to add fluid power to their undergraduate mechanical engineering programs.

To date, 16 schools have received teaching grants, 3 schools have received laboratory grants, and 2 schools have received curriculum grants.

Each grant creates curriculum that facilitates the teaching of fluid power to dozens or hundreds of students on each campus. At last count, NFPA’s 4-year university school education partners collectively report teaching fluid power to more than 5,700 students.


NFPA Curriculum Grant 2018 


August 31, 2018


The program objective is to create awareness and engage undergraduate engineering students in fluid power; engage engineering faculty in the development and teaching of fluid power; and to develop, replicate and disseminate high-quality, high-impact university level fluid power curricula.

NFPA is developing a list of teaching resources and learning modules to be made available online. These resources may be downloaded and used free of charge by any university or educational institution that teaches fluid power.

The mini-book Fluid Power System Dynamics and Control, written by Professors Will Durfee, Zongxuan Sun and James Van de Ven at the University of Minnesota, is an example of the resources contained on the list.


Faculty from U.S. colleges and universities with undergraduate mechanical engineering programs are invited to apply for this grant.

A grant, up to $25,000, will be awarded for the development of three case studies that supplement the Fluid Power System Dynamics and Control mini-book, and cover the three applications below:

  • Robotics 
  • Aircraft 
  • Excavators 

Case study developers are encouraged to partner with industry and have access to real systems. The case studies should contain examples of actual equipment i.e., robots, aircraft and excavators, and contain real world applications. Working with industry is an excellent way to ensure that the case studies are realistic. An instructor solutions manual that contains answers to the problems presented in the case study should be developed along with the case study.

It is anticipated that students will study the mini-book, and then use their knowledge to work on the problems presented in the case study. Upon completion, the student should have knowledge in at least these areas: 

  • Understanding fluid power components
  • Applying design, simulation and analysis tools to fluid power components and systems
  • Analyzing fluid power systems to develop corrective actions for component or system failure

In the interest of making the case studies available for use by any university or educational institution that teaches fluid power, NFPA will retain intellectual property rights over the case studies. NFPA will grant a license to use the case studies to the award recipient and their institution.

Monies awarded are to be applied only to the direct costs related to the project. Indirect costs are not allowed.

How to Apply


Contact Carrie Tatman Schwartz with any questions at ctschwartz@nfpa.com

Past Recipients

Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA Milwaukee School of Engineering, Milwaukee, WI
Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
Iowa State University, Ames, IA  
Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, MI  
Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI  
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA CURRICULUM GRANTS
Milwaukee School of Engineering, Milwaukee, WI Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, MI
Montana State University, Bozeman, MT Ohio University, Athens, OH
Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY  
University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL  
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana-Champaign, IL  
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN  
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI  
Western New England University, Springfield, MA  
Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA  


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