Working Groups have been established to deal with the each of the 7 focus areas, each working group has their respective areas of speciality. The individual members are all experienced and have a very definite interest in research and have vast industry knowledge. They operate independently and select projects for funding. Their function is to do the detailed work on research needs, project planning, evaluation, monitoring and budgeting as required by the Project Committee.
Project and Planning Committees and SAPPO’s Portfolio Committee
Various committees have been formed in an advisory capacity to the RMRDT Trustees and the RMIF Council on R & D spending. These committees are representative of the various RMIF voluntary member organisation representatives, as well as of the groupings in the research fraternity (ARC and Universities). The committees identify the research required, evaluate and prioritise research project proposals and protocols, consider and approve budgets for individual projects, monitor progress and finally evaluate final reports of research projects. Eventually these committees inform the RMRD SA Project Committee (RMRD-PC) which projects should be funded. (View a list of R & D projects that have been funded since 1998). In addition SAPPO has an R & D Portfolio Committee which functions parallel to the Planning Committee (R & D) Pork.
A. Planning committee
The Planning Committee (R & D) Cattle and Small stock is appointed by the Project Committee and consists of subject specialists and industry representatives. The Planning Committee moderates and approves the recommendations of the different Working Groups and is responsible for the final acceptance, prioritisation and allocation of funds to the different projects. The RMRD SA CSS will be composed as follows:
- All member organisation of the RMIF may nominate a representative;
- Two representatives from the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, the 1st representing cattle and the 2nd representing small stock;
- Three representatives from Higher Education South Africa (HESA), the 1st member representing agriculture and economics, the 2nd member representing animal health and the 3rd representing animal production;
- Two representatives from the Agricultural Research Council (ARC), the 1st member representing animal health and the 2nd representing animal production;
- Chairman of the PC (Project Committee);
- The RMRD SA Administrator;
- A representative of the food industry; and
- Convenors of subject working groups as specialists in their own right.
Any one member may represent more than one organisation at any time.
B. Subject Working Group (SWG)
Working Groups have been established to deal with the 7 focus areas, each with their respective areas of speciality. The committee members do not represent any institution or group, but are on the committee due to their expertise and knowledge with the aim to evaluate the science of the research projects. The individual members are all experienced and have a very definite interest in research and vast industry knowledge. They operate independently and select projects for funding. To diversify the skills of the SWG and without losing scientific merit of the skills, members can be from the same institution but must be from different departments. One person can also not serve on two subject working groups, unless he/she is a convenor on a SWG and a member on another group.Their function is to do the detailed work on research needs, project planning, evaluation, monitoring and budgeting as required by the Planning Committee.
The tasks of a subject working group
- Identification of research needs
- Evaluating project proposals
- Prioritising projects
- Evaluating project protocols
- Allocating funds to specific projects
- Evaluating project progress and final reports
- Ensuring that results are made known
Working groups only apply to the vast area of research for Cattle and Small Stock. No Subject working groups exist for Pork.