Calls for problem statements

Periodically, the Research Hub will launch Calls for Problem Statements. These calls complement the Problem Statements developed by TfNSW (an inside-out process) by allowing researchers to pitch their research proposals to us (an outside-in process). These Calls for Problem Statements are either:

Open Calls: Calls for proposals on a broad range of areas/topics

Targeted Calls: Calls for proposals on a specific research area/topic

Details of the first two Calls for Problem statements are outlined below:

Open calls for problem statements

Our first Open Call will be released on the Research Hub in 2019 (date to be advised). Researchers will be invited to submit research proposals that are aligned with Transport Strategic Research Directions, but which are not currently captured by the Problem Statements listed on our Research Hub. More details to come...

Targeted calls for problem statements

Our first Targeted Call will be released in 2019 (date to be advised). More details to follow...

Responding to open and targeted calls for problem statements

If you would like to respond to one of our upcoming Open or Targeted Calls for Problem Statements, please complete our Response to Call for Problem Statements template within the relevant timeframes (dates to be advised in 2019). Your Response to Call for Problem Statements will go through a two-stage review process:

Stage 1 Review: Research Hub

The Research Hub holds a monthly meeting to review all responses to Problem Statements. Your Response to Call for Problem Statements will be added to the agenda for the next available Research Hub review meeting. The main purpose of this review is to:

  1. Evaluate responses in terms of their alignment with the criteria outlined in the Problem Statement;
  2. Discuss Problem Statements that receive a response from more than one researcher. In such cases, the Research Hub team will evaluate the merits of each response and consider possible avenues for collaboration.

Following Stage 1 Review, the Research Hub will either:

  1. Contact you about your response to provide feedback, ask additional questions, and/or notify you of a final outcome;
  2. Forward your response to the relevant Research Community of Practice (RCoP) for Stage 2 Review (see below).

Stage 2 Review: Research Communities of Practice (RCoPs)

Our Research Communities of Practice (RCoPs) are comprised of experts and staff from across the transport cluster that meet once a month to identify TfNSW’s biggest problems and research priorities. Our RCoPs have developed a range of Problem Statements in alignment with TfNSW’s Strategic Research Directions. Your response will be sent to the relevant RCoP for review, and a final outcome will be sent to the Research Hub.

Final outcome

It is anticipated that the two-stage review process (above) will take approximately 60-90 days. You will be notified of a final outcome once this process is complete. If your proposal is of interest to TfNSW, we will contact you to organise a meeting with relevant members of your team and our RCoP for further discussion. In such cases, the Research Hub will support a co-design process, whereby all interested parties work together to finalise the purpose and method of the proposed research.

Research project agreement

Once a project partnership between TfNSW and a researcher/s has been confirmed, both parties will work together to establish a more formalised Research Project Agreement. This Agreement outlines specific details of all aspects of the project (e.g., relevant funding arrangements, intellectual property, publication of findings, final reports etc), and is signed by an authority at each institution.

Possible avenues for support

Although TfNSW has limited resources to dedicate to research activates, a number of possible avenues for research support are available:

  • Provision of in-kind support (e.g., access to data and subject matter expertise)
  • Direct funding support (e.g., project sponsorship by particular units with TfNSW, or through limited general research funding) 
  • Investigation of possible options for external or joint funding through funded organisations, such as the iMOVE Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) (insert link to iMOVE on the TfNSW Grant Partnerships page)
  • Possible TfNSW involvement as a project partner on large competitive grant schemes (e.g., ARC Linkage grants and Centres of Excellence)