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Process & Timescales

 APPLICATION PROCESS


IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: 
As from 1 January 2018 a researcher no longer need to submit a Proposal and then a Protocol. 
Researchers are invited to submit a FULL PROPOSAL only (similar in content to the 
document previously called a protocol) to initiate application for funding for a project. 
This step has been taken to speed up the application process!


The Planning Committees have developed procedures according to which proposals and protocols 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 and described here is considered efficient and is to be adhered to.

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:

  • Phase 1: Application phase
  • Phase 2: Agreement phase
  • Phase 3: Active/Live project
  • Phase 4: Completion phase

ALL THESE PHASES and the whole application process must now be done on RMRDSA ONLINE. To start the process you must click on the RED button on the right hand side of the screen RMRDSAONLINE. You will be guided through the process.


A researcher must submit a FULL PROPOSAL by the deadline which will then be considered at the next Project Committee meeting for funding. The Committees use a carefully drawn up set of criteria to determine which proposals are successful. 

Only your FULL PROPOSAL has been accepted then a contract or Agreement will be drawn up and signed between the RMRD SA and the Research Institution. Thereafter the funds will be released to the Research Institution for payment of research costs as agreed in the Agreement.

Updated 7may18

Timescales

TIMESCALES


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.


COMMITTEE MEETINGS

THE NEXT DATE for the 
CSS PLANNING committee
23 Aug 2018
Submit documents by
23 Jul 2018

Updated 7May18