The AGMA Foundation Research Grant Program funds research in areas important to the advancement of the gear industry. Proposals for funding may be submitted at any time. Learn more about the funding proposal process by reviewing the agmafoundationgrantguidelines.  NOTE:  Please send grant proposals to

Recent grant recipients include:

Analysis of Spur Gear Surface Wear with Contaminated Lubricants: Modeling and Experimentation
Columbia University
In September 2012, the Foundation provided a grant to Columbia University to study the influence of particle contaminants, such as environmental dust and machining swarf, on surface damage in geartrain systems. In the geartrains of industrial machinery, particle contaminants can be built-in during manufacturing, entrained from the environment during operation, or internally generated during operation (i.e., wear particles). When mixed into lubricating oil and circulated within a gearbox, these contaminant particles can abrade the gear tooth surfaces, resulting in premature damage. The grant project will combine multiphase numerical modeling with dynamic tribological (friction, lubrication, and wear) experimentation to find the underlying causes of particulate-based surface damage. Research results will be used to develop surface treatment techniques to maximize geartrain life in the presence of contaminants, which will provide significant cost savings to machinery operators.

An Experimental Evaluation of the Procedures of the ISO/TR 15144-1:2009E Technical Report for the Prediction of Micropitting
The Ohio State University

Documentation of Technology to Enable Accurate Determination and Diagnosis of Gear Vibration/Noise Generation Caused by Gear Manufacturing Errors
Pennsylvania State University
The Foundation provided a grant to the Gear Research Institute to publish a book on the mathematical relationships between gear tooth surface deviations and their associated vibrations. Using the technology described in the book, spot checks can be made during the production run to avoid undesirable ghost tones and errors. The book, titled Performance-Based Gear Metrology, by William D. Mark, PhD, is available for purchase at this link.

In-Situ Measurement of Stresses in Carburized Gears via Neutron Diffraction
University of Tennessee at Martin


Development of a Generalized Mechanical Efficiency Prediction Methodology for Right-Angle Gear Pairs – Years One and Two
Ohio State University


The Load Carrying Capacity of PVD-Coated Gearings
Aachen University

Visioning and Road Mapping Workshop
Gear Research Institute
In 2004, the AGMA Foundation awarded a grant to the Gear Research Institute to convene a meeting of the top minds in the gear industry for the purpose of developing a report outlining the future of gear manufacturing.


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