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 follow the links to the relevant section.
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!
A researcher must submit a protocol by the deadline which will then be considered at the next meeting for funding. The Committees use a carefully drawn up set of criteria to determine which proposals are successful. If a proposal is accepted then the researcher will be required to complete a protocol.
Only once a protocol has been accepted then the contracts or Agreements 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.