One of the Authority’s key functions is to undertake or commission research into any matter relating to the construction industry.
Under research, the Authority is mandated to:
a).Undertake or commission research into any matter relating to the construction industry and disseminate research findings to the stakeholders;
b).Encourage the standardization and improvement of construction techniques and materials;
c).Maintain a construction industry information system;
d).Provide consultancy and advisory services with respect to the construction industry.
Towards the realization of this mandate, NCA launched the National Construction Research Agenda (NaCRA) for the period 2014-2017.
The Authority has been carrying out research based on priority areas published in NaCRA.
NaCRA is a stakeholder driven process initiated by NCA to identify and prioritize gaps and challenges that need to be recorded.
The setting of research priorities is guided by principles of stakeholder participation; inclusivity and need for answers to the identified priority gaps or/and challenges.
The wider objectives of NaCRA are thus:
a).To highlight gaps and current issues affecting the construction industry.
b).To dialogue and present ideas for a more effective research in the construction industry.
c).Provide an opportunity to bring together researchers with policy makers, professional institutions and other construction industry stakeholders at a national level.
d).To investigate the institutional means to better support research in the construction industry.