The themes of the SRRB research programme are aligned with the Scottish Government’s purpose and seek to encourage research projects that support the activities of both trunk and local road authorities.
Environment and sustainability
- consideration of the environmental and sustainability impact and effectiveness of transport infrastructure related practices and schemes
- consideration of practices, materials, proprietary systems, techniques and technologies that may be used to improve the environmental and sustainability performance of the transport network
Additionally, transport related carbon reduction and net zero research topics are considered relevant to this research theme.
Climate change impacts and climate change adaptation
Such as the consideration of practices, materials, proprietary systems, techniques and technologies which can be adapted to build a safer, reliable and more resilient transport network.
The circular economy
Such as the consideration of practices, materials, proprietary systems, techniques and technologies to encourage optimal utilisation of Scottish resources and retain valuable material in the transport network.
Lean design, designing out waste and valued engineering solutions are included in this research area of interest.
Maintenance and operation of roads and other transport infrastructure assets
Such as consideration of practices, materials, proprietary systems, techniques and technologies that may be used to maintain the serviceability of the transport infrastructure during winter or other adverse weather conditions or events.
This also includes research to further explore maintenance and operations while anticipating an increase in extreme weather events.
Additionally, how resource exchange mechanisms can be used to ensure resources and energy efficiency throughout the network to extend the life of the transport network’s materials and structures.
Geotechnical and drainage engineering
Such as consideration of geotechnical and drainage parameters affecting strength and durability of transport infrastructure assets.
Design standards, specifications and materials
Such as consideration of road construction materials, construction methods and techniques on the strength and durability of carriageways, bridges, retaining walls and other transport infrastructure structural assets.
Road and transport safety and security
Such as consideration of the effectiveness of road safety strategies and initiatives. This includes research that informs the development, technical performance and effectiveness of road safety systems, strategies and initiatives.
Bridges and structures
Such as consideration of materials, proprietary systems, design and construction techniques monitoring performance or other technologies in relation to the strength, maintenance, operation and durability of bridges, culverts, footbridges, underpasses, retaining walls, high mast lights and other transport infrastructure structural assets.
Traffic and transportation
Such as traffic modelling and consideration of the service levels, capacity, economic performance and cost effectiveness, and growth for roads and other transport modes.
Health and equalities
Such as consideration of technology, material, innovation and services that:
- improve health (e.g. air quality)
- encourage equalities (including demographic, geographic, socioeconomic and protected characteristics)
- reduce inequality in relation to the transport network
Such as consideration of materials, construction methods, techniques and innovation around the performance and impacts of road works reinstatements and ancillary activities.
The key aim shall be to provide research which can inform road works policy development and lead to minimising impacts of road works on the environment, road users and the wider community.
Eligibility and selection
To be eligible for funding, projects must be roads related and fall within the context of the research themes outlined above.
Projects should realise real benefits in terms of safety, operation and functionality of trunk and local roads in delivering the Scottish Government’s Purpose.
In addition, projects should:
- be of priority to the Scottish roads community
- investigate Scottish circumstances where these are likely to differ from the rest of the UK
- demonstrate a sound business case.
Projects are assessed by the Programme Board, and those aligning with our delivery priorities are incorporated into the research programme.