RSSB research

RSSB's research and development programme supports industry’s needs in a wide range of areas, from tactical incremental innovations, to long-term step changes in technology. It includes strategic research aimed at helping achieve the industry and government’s long-term goals for the railway.​ Depending on the issue and its technology readiness level and on the size of the project, there are a number of mechanisms by which research can be delivered.


Visit the RSSB website for find out more about our R&D programme.

Fully funded research

RSSB's cross-industry R&D programme has delivered a wide range of solutions and knowledge to improve the operation and engineering of the railway system, and to support the people who make it work. The programme has evolved from being solely about safety to a broad portfolio of issues where industry wants to collaborate. The focus is on providing a solution to a problem or opportunity, and increasingly this does not always involve a conventional approach to R&D.

See all research projects, or use the adjacent search to find specific projects.

Co-funded research

Co-funded projects are projects where RSSB research funds are matched with those from one or more other organisations.

RSSB has established strategic partnerships with the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the Technology Strategy Board (TSB), and the University of Huddersfield. RSSB also has its own grant scheme to create greater value from its funding budget, and we have brought enhanced value to GB rail through participation in projects in the European Commission Frameworks Programme.

RSSB and Network Rail also co-fund Rail Research UK Association (RRUKA) as a bridge between industry and academia, which brings together those who do research with those who can use and fund it.

See all co-funded research projects​

RRUKA-facilitated feasibility studies

Adhesion Riddle

Data to improve the Customer Experience

Robotics and Autonomous Systems for Rolling Stock Maintenance

Strategic Partnerships

New materials to reduce whole like asset costs

University of Huddersfield Strategic partnership

EPSRC Centres for Doctoral training

Integrated Tribology

Sustainable Infrastructure Systems

Knowledge analysis services

A solution may not always need a research project as it might already exist elsewhere. RSSB has a range of knowledge searching services to maximise the opportunities for the GB rail industry to benefit from existing knowledge and from technology developments in other industry and countries.

All knowledge searches