A final report is different from the regular annual reports in that the results of the Research must be included. If you have not done so yet, you need to submit a head and shoulders photo of the primary researcher on the project as well as a few relevant photographs of the research which can be used in publications.
Any relevant publications, scientific articles, presentations, posters, theses or similar which were produced due to this research should be listed in the Final Report.
A comprehensive report should be produced by the researcher and his team. This report will not be published on the RMRDSA website but should be submitted with the Final Report.
It is a requirement that the results of the research be summarised and described in a popular article. The article will be used by the RMRDSA for publication through the red meat industry magazines or in popular media. Typically, the Red Meat Magazine is used for this purpose.
The balance of the funding due, i.e., the 20% of the approved funding for the final year of the project, will be released once all the relevant information has been received by the RMRDSA.
Publication on the RMRDSA website
The Executive Summary of the project along with key details including the objectives of the project will be published on the RMRDSA website. Here is an example of a project XXX – A page like this will be loaded onto the web for each and every completed project.
The only exception will be where there is Intellectual Property on the project.
It is of key importance that results of Research must be made available and accessible to the industry.
The RMRD SA may request a researcher to complete a literature study when the scope of the project proposal was too wide, uncertain or may overlap previous studies. In performing a literature study both the researcher and the RMRD SA will have a better understanding and clarity of the project in hand.
The main aim is for the literature study to culminate in a successful project protocol and on to a fully funded and successful project. Please note that a literature study is not intended to be a comprehensive literature review, i.e., don’t evaluate the literature on the topic, please use the following guidelines.
The literature study should be written in a format which could be considered appropriate for publishing as a scientific review article. Thus, bear in mind that reviewers of the literature study will be experts in this field.
The value of a typical literature study lies not in its length, nor its number of references, but in its appropriateness and relevance to the study field. Please restrict yourself as far as possible to 20 pages.
Guidelines for writing the literature study
- Give a brief background to the project proposed
- Provide sufficient evidence to the reviewers that the proposed research team is familiar with the subject
- Confirm that the subject is of importance to the relevant industry
- Describe the extent of current knowledge on the subject relevant to the proposal
- Identify important gaps in knowledge that need to be addressed
- Reveal if similar work has been done before, either locally or internationally; and if so, explain why it needs to be repeated (indicate limitations of the previous studies)
- If appropriate provide evidence that the methodology to be used has been tested and accepted
Scientific language and terminology
- Scientific terminology and writing style is appropriate
- References must be up to date, showing that the latest information has been considered
- Articles in accredited scientific, refereed journals are preferred. Un-refereed work, lay publications and electronic websites must be kept to a minimum
- Acronyms should be defined
- New terminology or techniques should be explained briefly
- We have prepared a guide to writing a Literature study (send separately)
Dissemination of research and development results
During the course of a project, it generally occurs that the research personnel take part in information days, present posters or papers at symposia and even publish technical or scientific articles.
These must all be mentioned in the progress and final reports to the Planning Committees. Copies of published material are also submitted to the Committees at their regular meetings for the attention of the representatives of the various role-players’ associations
The submission of a popular article together with a final report of a project has been made compulsory. Both these are evaluated to form an opinion of the final report and the value of the project to the particular sector of the Red Meat Industry.
Once the final report and popular article has been approved by the RMRD SA and/or Project Committee, the projects will be submitted by the RMRD SA for industry publications. Firstly, it will be submitted to the monthly publication RED MEAT/ROOIVLES. Secondly, it will be included in an RMRD SA annual publication ‘Executive summaries’ which include all projects completed in a particular year.
Articles will also be submitted and released for publication electronic or printed to specific commodity organizations (e.g., RPO, NERPO, RMAA, SAMIC) and may be released for publication in popular media of the RMRD SA’s choice.