The programme is predominately funded by the Department for Transport. We also owe a big thanks to many organisations across the industry that provide significant in-kind support to research, cofund work with us, and pioneer putting the findings into practice.

Our research focuses on producing new knowledge, approaches, guidance and tools that have real-world value and impact. The programme helps industry to tackle the issues of today, and to develop a future railway that is better, safer and more sustainable. Our work supports the Rail Technical Strategy.

Find out more about the scope of the research programme , and how to initiate new research and get involved with it.

Find research

Find hundreds of current and complete research and innovation projects by searching the research catalogue, or read the latest news in the Research and Innovation Quarterly Highlights

Major research areas

We currently have major research programmes in adhesion and performance. Our horizon scanning activities inform the research programme and help rail decision and policy makers prepare for the future.  See the Sustainability section for our work on cutting emissions and social value.


Come along to a free Research and Innovation online event. Events range from interactive showcases to highlight a range of current projects and new findings, to dissemination workshops for specific initiatives. 

Advice tailored to your organisation 

We can provide specific help to you and your organisation to implement findings through: 

  • tailor-made research and innovation summaries, to help you understand how research can tackle your organisation’s business challenges 
  • showcase events, hosted at your premises and tailored to your interests. We will brief staff on the latest findings and discuss the opportunities and practical challenges of new approaches 
  • one-to-one advice and guidance to help you make the most of our research. 

Contact Robert Staunton, Research & Innovation Account Manager: