The program is supported by two committees: a Club Advisory Group and an Expert Advisory Panel. These committees provide guidance and support on the strategic direction of the research to be undertaken, as well as the assessment and recommendation of projects. Both committees have the same independent chair, Mr Terry Agnew, former CEO of RAC Group (WA). The AAA Board is responsible for final decision on research project funding.
The AAA Road Safety Research Program seeks to operate harmoniously within the broader national Safe System approach to improving road safety which involves a holistic view of the road transport system and the interactions among roads and roadsides, travel speeds, vehicles and road users. The AAA Road Safety Research Program will seek to deliver its objectives and outcomes by adhering to the following principles:
Research ideas and proposals received as a part of the AAA Road Safety Research Program will be assessed by representatives of our mobility clubs and an independent Expert Advisory Panel. This assessment will be made having regard to the AAA Road Safety Research Program assessment criteria.
The AAA Road Safety Research Program will be looking for research proposals that:
The AAA Road Safety Research Program will award funding for priority road safety research projects that will contribute the Programs desired outcome of having safer roads and reducing the number of fatalities and injuries on Australian roads. The successful research projects will also need to satisfy the Programs assessment criteria and will be underpinned by a competitive process with rigorous independent review.
The Program will be undertaken annually and involve a 15-18 month process of identifying high-priority road safety challenges and road safety research projects that will receive funding. Each year, the AAA will identify an annual priority area for attention based on the feedback we are hearing from our stakeholders.
The AAA Road Safety Research Program will consider projects that:
The AAA Board will be the ultimate decision makers on which projects will be funded in each research round. The Board will decide how much funding to invest each year based on the quality and nature of research projects presented to them for consideration
Funding of up to $1 million per project will be available for high quality projects that help achieve the Program’s desired outcome. Multi-year project proposals will be considered up to a value of $1 million per annum.