Funding Policy

Policies for funding of RMRD SA Projects

Who can apply for funding?

Any recognised research institution, legal entity/organisation and service provider dealing with agricultural research. Such institutions include the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Provincial Departments of Agriculture, Institutes of the Agricultural Research Council, all Universities and Agricultural Colleges.

The following types of Research & Development (Innovation) projects we fund  

“Research” has the meaning of the definition in the Agricultural Research Act that is the furtherance, accumulation and improvement of knowledge through original and other investigations and methods of a scientific nature for the advancement of agriculture.

“Development/Innovation” means the activity by which knowledge acquired through research is utilised

“Technology Transfer” means the transfer of knowledge, and techniques and processes for the application thereof

What is eligible for funding?

  • Operational costs (e.g., costs of experimental animals, feed, laboratory consumables, computer software, etc.)
  • Funding is also provided for technology transfer opportunities focusing on the project, e. g. workshops, seminars, popular articles and publications.
  • Capital equipment and the establishing of demonstration units are normally not considered.
  • No overhead costs will be funded, but a research levy of 15% is allowed.
  • Personnel costs will only be considered when project-based contract appointments are required to execute the project.
  • If scientific expertise is required from outside the institution (local or abroad) for specific aspects of the project, such expenses will be considered for funding.
  • Attendance of national and international Congresses, Conferences, Symposia, will only be funded if the purpose is to present the findings of the project at a scientific gathering (limited to one person and one national and one international event and will be within reasonable amounts.) Proof of attendance must be provided.
  • The funding of routine operations and service laboratories (e.g., Diagnostic Laboratories) and schemes (e. g. Livestock Improvement Schemes and Range and Forage Units) is generally not funded.

Maximum Funding researchers can apply for

  • The maximum funding researchers can apply for is R500,000/year.
  • Junior researchers cannot have more than two running projects with RMRD SA, and the maximum funding cannot exceed R500,000 per project.

Co-funding

It is recommended that researchers also apply for co-funding from entities, e.g., National Research Foundation (NRF); Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC); Technology Innovation Agency (TIA); and the National Wool Growers Association of SA (NWGA), etc.

Intellectual Property

The results of research projects funded by the Trust or Statutory Levy fund are regarded as public knowledge. No trade or intellectual property rights regarding such research or its results may be retained by the researcher.

Contract funding schedule

  • The first amount shall be made available after the agreement had been signed and dated by both parties.
  • A further amount shall be made available after the first progress report had been evaluated and accepted by the Planning Committee (R&D) CSS.
  • A further amount shall be made available after the second progress report had been evaluated and accepted by the Planning Committee (R&D) CSS (80% of the final amount).
  • Before the fourth and final payment (20% of the final amount) can be made, evidence had to be submitted to the RMRD SA, indicating that a popular and/or scientific article was accepted for publication. The evidence had to be evaluated and accepted by the Planning Committee (R&D) CSS.
  • No funding shall flow when the Planning Committee grant a request for an extension for the progress- and/or final report or when the previous tranche of money was not spent.

Publications

No publications, except for a popular publication, is a prerequisite for the acceptance of the final report. However, the final payment will only be made once evidence has been submitted to the RMRD SA, indicating that a popular and/or scientific article was accepted for publication.