Working Groups have been established to deal with the each of the Focus Areas and the Programmes. 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 research and development funding. These committees are representative of the various Red Meat Industry Forum voluntary member organisation and also of the groupings in the research fraternity, universities and institutions.
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. Ultimately these committees inform the RMRDT Project Committee on which projects should be funded. In addition, SAPPO has an R & D Portfolio Committee which functions parallel to the Pork Planning Committee.
A. Planning committee
The Planning Committee Cattle and Small stock is appointed by the RMRDT 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 Planning Committee Cattle and Small Stock 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 RMRDT Project Committee;
- The RMRD SA Administrator;
- A representative of the food industry; and
- Convenors of subject working groups are specialists in their own right.
Any one member may represent more than one organisation at any time.
B. Working Groups (WG)
Working Groups have been established to deal with the focus areas and/or programmes, 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 Working Group 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 Working Group 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 Cattle and Small Stock Planning Committee. Working Groups only apply to the vast area of research for Cattle and Small Stock. There are no Working Groups for Pork.
The tasks of a working group:
- Identification of research needs
- Evaluating Applications ie Full Proposals
- Prioritising and recommending projects to Planning Committee
- Allocating funds to specific projects
- Evaluating project progress and final reports
- Ensuring that results are made known