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Application Process


The policy of the RMRD SA is to finance projects executed by recognised research institutions, dealing with agricultural research. Such institutions include the Department of Agriculture, Provincial Departments of Agriculture, Institutes of the Agricultural Research Council, all Universities and Agricultural Colleges.

Funding for research and development is made available from the RMRDT and RMLA. In the case of funds provided by the RMRDT, the policy is to maintain the proportion of the initial capital from the various species’ when allocating finance to projects.

Funding proportion applied:

  • Beef                                    65.67%
  • Small-stock                        15.28%
  • Pork                                     9.02%
  • Hides, Skins and Leather   10.03%

In cases where a project is directed at more than one “species”, the funds for the project are allocated proportionally from the funds of the “species” concerned. In the event of shortage of funds from a particular “species fund” to fully fund such a project, the Planning Committees can decide whether they would fund more than their agreed portion for a particular project.


As from 1 January 2020 all PROJECT PROPROSALS need to be based on the NEW CSS PROGRAMMES


A successful research project will follow FOUR phases, from the Initiation to Completion. Each of the phases has more steps, please click on the links in the side panel for each phase:

ALL THESE PHASES and the whole application process IS VIA THE RMRD SA ONLINE SYSTEM.

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A researcher must submit a PROJECT PROPOSAL 2020 by the deadline as advertised in the call or as stated on the HOME PAGE of this website. The Planning Committee has developed procedures according to which proposals for research projects, progress reports, final reports and popular articles for publication are judged. These procedures are continuously updated and improved. The current set of procedures in place are described here, and is considered efficient and is to be adhered to.

All the committees are compiled from representatives of the relevant industries and from researchers nominated representing the recognized research institutions and universities.

Firstly your proposal will be reviewed by a Working Group who recommends projects for funding. If your project is not successful you will be notified in due time after the Planning Committee met and the process has been completed.

The Planning committee decides which projects are successful. They recommend projects for funding to the RMRD SA Project Committee who gives the final go-ahead for funding depending on several factors, including if the funds are available or not.  The process of approval may take up to 3 months if all runs smoothly. In some cases this may take longer depending on whether changes are requested to your proposal. No funds are paid out to an individual but always only to your institution.


As stated above all applications are reviewed by a Working Group, of which there is one per PROGRAMME. All the Working Groups consists of specialists in their respective fields who are best qualified to perform this important task.  They make recommendations to the Planning Committee. They support the CSS Planning committee in decision making and evaluation throughout the lifetime of a project. 

Working Group use a carefully chosen set of criteria to determine which proposals are successful. These criteria and priorities are set by the industry, and is used to consider if a proposal will be funded.  To find out more about Working Groups click here.


Once your PROJECT PROPOSAL has been accepted, an Agreement (contract) will be drawn up and signed between the RMRD SA and YOUR Research Institution. Thereafter the funds will be released to the Research Institution for payment of research costs as agreed in the Agreement.



The Planning Committees meet at least twice a year. All project protocols, progress reports and final reports are to be submitted for consideration at either of the meetings. Such documents must reach RMRD SA and / or the Project Committee at least 6 weeks before a meeting. Please take note the dates of the meetings will be published on the website.

The documentation will be distributed to the applicable Subject Working Groups for their evaluation. The convenors of the Subject Working Groups return their consolidated inputs to the RMRD SA and / or Project Committee several weeks before a meeting.

Once a protocol has been accepted the RMRD SA Administration will arrange that the Agreement is drawn up between the Research Institute and the RMRDSA, these will be signed as soon as possible. Once all parties have signed and agreed the project money will be paid out to the Research Institute.

The Agreement is a contract and will include the due dates for progress reports and the final report and the project leader will be reminded annually of these due dates.

Planning Committee meetings are normally published on the website. As a general rule these occur in February and September. The Pork meeting is held in August. Please consider these timings in your planning. Below are the meetings dates for 2017. The meeting dates for 2019 are not available as yet. This will be published on the HOME page of the website as soon as these become available.


Last updated 2019