One of the main goals of the German Federal Government is to strengthen the rail transport. Therefore supporting innovations is of central importance. With the founding of the German Centre for Rail Traffic Research (DZSF), the activities in rail transport research have been reorganized and intensified.
The German Centre for Rail Traffic Research operates as an independent, technical-scientific departmental research institution of the German Federal Government. Its official residences as an independent research institute at the Federal Railway Authority are located in the cities of Dresden and Bonn. The aim of the Centre is to strengthen rail transport in Germany through application-oriented and solution-focused research the results of which not only contribute to the development of important innovations, but also ensure that these innovations are put into practice and can be used by the entire sector.
The expertise of the German Centre for Rail Traffic Research helps to provide science-based elaboration of current issues of the German Government. The German Centre for Rail Traffic Research coordinates research activities and adequately govern topics of research. In this way, budget funds can be be used in a targeted and effective manner.
The railway sector is involved through a Scientific Advisory Board, research contracts, and research funding. Colloquia support the transfer of knowledge.