We accept requests on any subject that is of interest to our member base. Our extensive back catalogue can be accessed for free online at SPARK. To see a selection or recent reports, visit our knowledge search showcase webpage

Members can request a knowledge search by completing the Knowledge search request form on the right.

Requests are reviewed and prioritised according to their urgency and importance. We will be in touch to give you an idea of timescales and to better understand your requirements. It can take anything from a few weeks to a few months to complete depending on the breadth of the subject area; level of analysis required; and your availability to steer and review the work. Please provide as much information as possible, including any technical issues or industry initiatives that may be relevant. 

We aim to produce reports which could benefit interested parties throughout our member base, and publish completed reports on SPARK for all registered users to access.

Knowledge search process'RSSB has delivered useful analyses and reports for the cross-industry Adhesion Research Group on topics such as low adhesion, speed measurement technologies and the biochemistry of leaves. These studies offer a rapid and efficient means of gaining a good overview of research work that might have been carried or is ongoing in the UK or overseas.' - Neil Ovenden, Chair of the cross-industry Adhesion Research Group

'I am impressed, the ‘Air and health impacts of diesel emissions’ knowledge search is a good piece of work which brings together all of the various reports and studies that have produced over the last decade or so, together 'under one roof' for the first time. It was an excellent paper, which will be extremely useful and is likely to go into the public domain and may inform DfT’s response to public queries.' - Network Rail

To use the RSSB Knowledge Services, please email knowledgesearch@rssb.co.uk and provide a brief description of the knowledge you are seeking. To provide a start-point for a more detailed discussion, please include the following information:

  • What is the subject of your knowledge search?
  • When do you need this work to be completed by?
  • What type of report do you expect to receive (document search / brief knowledge search / extended knowledge search).