Research and development program

Find out how to submit a project for consideration in our Research and Development Program.

At VicRoads, we recognise that research and development is a valuable tool that helps us understand complex issues and the changing environment we work in. We value innovation and actively seek to develop ideas and knowledge by investing in research.

To support this, we’ve created a Research and Development (R&D) Program. 

Submit a project to the R&D Program

If you have a potential research or development assignment, you can submit it to VicRoads for consideration. We encourage proposals from:
  • individual researchers
  • research organisations
  • universities
  • companies.
To be considered for the R&D program, send your initial research proposal to the VicRoads Research Coordinator using the contact details below.


To be eligible for consideration your project needs to:
  • align with one or more of the items on the VicRoads Research Agenda (see below) 
  • demonstrate approval from your research institution’s Ethics Committee with regards to:
    • the appropriate research methodology
    • due regard for VicRoads reputation
    • the prevention of plagiarism.

The selection process

Once you’ve submitted your proposal, we’ll consider your project using an internal assessment tool. We’ll notify you of the outcome once this has been done. 

VicRoads Research Agenda


Enabling integrated transport choices and making journeys pleasant and predictable

By investing in research in this area we aim to:
  • allow trams and buses to move more efficiently
  • enable quicker journeys through a greater understanding of traffic flows
  • allow our customers to make smarter journey choices.


Improving road safety, amenity and environmental outcomes

By investing in research in this area we aim to:
  • reduce the number of serious crashes at urban intersections
  • minimise the instances and severity of crashes on rural roads
  • protect our most vulnerable road users from death or serious injury
  • minimise the impact of traffic on social wellbeing
  • implement safe speeds that are right for the road.


Strengthening the economy through better use of roads and connections with land use

By investing in research in this area we aim to:
  • move more freight, more efficiently with less impact
  • ensure efficient investment for access, maintenance & delivery. 

Capability and Capacity

People, leadership, governance, resources, systems and processes that help us deliver better outcomes

By investing in research in this area we aim to:
  • be faster and better at delivering our projects
  • enable expert knowledge to be shared more effectively.

Contact us

For more information about research and development at VicRoads, please contact the Program Coordination team. 
Call: 03 9854 1889
Email: [email protected]

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