Through our research programme we invest in innovative and relevant research that plays a critical role at the forefront of land transport thinking and contributes to achieving the government’s goals for transport.
The results of the research we fund must be applicable to interventions that can be cost-effectively used in New Zealand in the short-to-medium term for longer-term impacts.
The research addresses transport issues ranging from economic development and public transport, to safety concerns and asset management. Research is made available through research reports.
You can find a listing of all our research reports on our website. The complete text of research reports published from 2005 are available on our website for downloading. PDF scans of earlier research reports are available by emailing NZTAresearch@nzta.govt.nz.
You can also download a spreadsheet (updated quarterly) that lists all research programme reports. It includes a list of key words and the abstract associated with each report and a link to the pages on our website where the reports can be downloaded, or you can request PDF scans from NZTAresearch@nzta.govt.nz.
A list of all Transport Agency research programme active research projects is also available.
Links to all research programme reports are on the Road Research Register website run by ARRB and Austroads. This register contains land transport related research information from throughout Australasia.
Some newly published research programme reports, and the abstracts of all published reports, are profiled in the quarterly NZTA Research newsletter. If you would like to go on the mailing list to receive this newsletter please email NZTAresearch@nzta.govt.nz.
We can let you know by email when research reports have been published to the website. If you would like to be added to this email list, please email NZTAresearch@nzta.govt.nz.
To ensure that the research programme does not serve the operational needs of any single entity, the Transport Agency requires that research:
The Strategy (external link) provides a framework for fostering a better research environment that emphasises collaboration, maximises the economic and social benefits of the transport system and minimises harm. It gives clear guidance on the direction for transport research and outlines how the diverse research community can collaborate into the future. It includes four critical and inter-related enablers:
The NZ Transport Research Strategy has been developed alongside the Transport Domain Plan (external link) . They are complementary documents and, together, provide the strategic direction we need to fill key data, information and knowledge gaps.
The Transport Agency research programme framework provides clear research objectives and focus. It is centered around five research areas for land transport, provides research objectives for each of the research areas, and lists research output areas of high and medium strategic fit (with a current focus on high strategic fit).
The framework also aligns our research programme with our work and the work of other transport decision makers, such as the Ministry of Transport and local government.
To be notified about future requests for research proposals, register on the New Zealand Government Electronic Tenders Service (GETS). Once registered, GETS will notify you when Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for the subject areas you have nominated are posted.
The following timetable provides an indication of the annual timings for the Transport Agency’s research programme.
|Research programme development||October-December|
|Indicative list of topics published on Transport Agency website||December|
|Development of research specifications||Commences January|
|Research Project Requests for Proposals issued on Government Electronic Tendering Service (GETS)||March-September|
|Questions close||Date + 2 weeks|
|Proposals due||Date + 4 weeks|
|Notification to preferred respondent||Date + 8 weeks|
|Contract signed||Date + 12 weeks|
|Notification to unsuccessful respondents||Date + 12 weeks|
We have a standard agreement for research programme funded projects.
All research reports are peer reviewed by two independent peer reviewers in accordance with our peer review guidelines.
All Transport Agency research programme funded reports are prepared in accordance with our research report style guide.