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Knowledge services

​​​​​​​​​Knowledge services support efficient and effective investment in research and development projects.

Knowledge & Technology Transfer service

Want to know if research has been done, or knowledge already exists? The Knowledge and Technology Transfer service provides answers to RSSB members. The service can:

  • Identify what is known on a given subject
  • Analyse applicability and opportunity for transfer of existing knowledge to GB rail
  • Actively monitor technological developments
  • Match knowledge with issues and opportunities identified by industry

The Knowledge and Technology Transfer service supports the R&D programme, carries out knowledge searches for RSSB members, and maintains a technology watch. The Knowledge and Technology Transfer service also facilitates SPARK External link​​, an online portal to enable rail industry professionals and other experts to work together, to share information and experience with the aim of reducing duplication, speeding up innovation, and maxim​ising value.​

Support for R&D

The Knowledge and Technology Transfer service supports the R&D programme by gathering information in order to find answers and solutions that already exist, avoid duplication, and focus the research efforts in the most promising areas. The service helps build research specifications and business cases, and identifies opportunities for co-operation where appropriate.

The team supports the research programme with its Knowledge and technology transfer services.

Knowledge searches

Knowledge searches can support RSSB members to develop research ideas, or confirm that knowledge already exists. Knowledge searches can uncover existing solutions, eliminating the need for research.

Find out how to request a knowledge search.

Technology watch

The on-going remit for technology watch is to keep an eye on technologies of potential interest to the industry. Technology watch includes a responsibility for horizon scanning. This identifies key technologies and likely changes, and develops key questions and hypotheses that may provide structure to the search and review processes.

The results of horizon scanning and other knowledge searches are available through links on the
GB cross-industry research and development
 ​External link page in SPARK, and almost all of them are available to registered SPARK ​Readers.

This document is hosted on SPARK


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Your RSSB user name and password can be used to access SPARK.