There is considerable benefit to be gained from collaborative research whereby access to a large project or specialist expertise can be gained for a relatively small financial contribution. Collaboration also provides a very effective means of knowledge transfer and the opportunity to tap into a high quality research and leading-edge science and technology.
Scope of TII Research
Research commissioned by TII
- Academic Research
TII commissions this type of research as Research Fellowship projects at Doctoral and Post-Doctoral level. It is publicised as the TII Fellowship Programme and its focus is to enable universities and institutes to apply for financial support for PhD and post-doctoral programmes covering subjects that are relevant to the aims of TII. The Call for Proposals is specific to research topics identified by TII, although other topics submitted maybe considered. PhD programmes are normally 3/4 years while post-doctoral programmes can be one to three years in duration.
- Commercial Research
- Collaborative Research
CEDR Transnational Research Programme
- To assist CEDR members in their problems and challenges
- To provide advice on research issues at the request of the NRAs
- To promote collaborative programming and transnational financing and procurement of road research between CEDR member countries
- To promote dissemination of results from the TRP and other research programmes.
Implementation of research
- Ensuring transparency in the deployment of innovations;
- Ensuring efficiency by streamlining market engagement; and
- Identifying and managing the risk to TII in deploying innovative technologies on its networks.
- Contact with National bodies in Ireland such as SFI (Science Foundation Ireland), IRC (Irish Research Council), RSA (Road Safety Authority) and NSAI (National standards Association of Ireland);
- Involvement in European working groups and committees such as CEDR (Conference of European Directors of Roads), FEHRL (Federation of European National Highway Research Laboratories), ERTRAC (European Road Transport Research Advisory Council) and PIARC (World Road Association);
- Participation in EU funded research (eg, Horizon2020).
- Participation in jointly funded research projects such as the CEDR Transnational Research Programme.
- Application of international best practice
- Reduced duplication of research
- Improved quality of research
- Increased competition and shorter timescales
- Wider choice of suppliers
- Exchange of knowledge with European partners
- Better value for money.