Propose a Research Idea
We review hundreds of research suggestions each year.
Tell us about the research needs and ideas that your organisation cannot pursue in isolation.
Once submitted, your research idea will be logged and, subject to an initial review. You will be invited to an Idea Development Meeting to discuss the feasibility, scope and progression of the research you are proposing.
Please note, RSSB may discuss your research idea with other individuals, organisations or groups as part of the evaluation process. Any work arising from this idea may be the subject of competitive tendering.
Once we agree that your proposal has cross-industry value, we work with you and other stakeholders to define the research questions and agree the best approach to delivery.
The approach taken will be based on the type of research question being proposed, these are:
- When the research question is clearly defined, we either use expertise within RSSB or run an open procurement. Use Contracts Finder to find out about research activities tendered by RSSB.
- When the research question is open-ended and we need to explore new solutions or approaches to cross-industry challenges, we can run research competitions. They are open to innovators, academics and the supply chain.
Grants are also available to help consortia run projects with a direct industry application, in exchange for full or partial sharing of the findings. A consortium can apply for up to half of the total cost of a project, with the partners contributing at least 20 per cent in cash and the remainder in-kind.
We establish strategic partnerships with academia to co-fund specialised research. Examples include our work on engineering and safety risk modelling with the University of Huddersfield, and economic modelling with the Institute of Transport Studies at the University of Leeds.
In some cases, a knowledge search may help you to make use of information that is already out there and avoid duplication.