RSSB R&D Research Competitions
RSSB has launched a series of research competitions over the years, which have helped to promote academic research in order to develop new ideas and find novel solutions to ‘old’ rail problems.
We have done this by involving professionals and researchers from other sectors; facilitating and promoting cross-sector knowledge transfer; and, presenting the challenges in an interactive way.
Some of the Research, Development & Innovation competitions have been targeted specifically at academia with the aim of funding novel academic feasibility projects, which fall in the "fundamental research" domain and are at early-stage Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs). In general, our RD&I competitions are open to a wide audience of innovators, academics and members of the supply chain community.
How to get involved
This is a service RSSB offers to the whole industry. There are different ways you can get involved:
- By suggesting a topic for a future competition, which RSSB can fund if the challenge is of a cross-industry nature
- By co-funding a competition with RSSB, if the topic is of interest to a broad range of industry partners but you are keen to take a lead
- By funding a competition and having RSSB run it for you, taking all the hassle out of organizing a launch event and managing the submission of proposals
- By bidding for funding as an indidividual company or in a consortium of multiple members (you do not need to be an RSSB member to apply for funding)