GUIDELINES FOR RESEARCH REPORTS
The Foundation sees the research reports as providing our sponsors with a return on the funds invested in your research.
The Research Reports are aimed at two audiences, firstly those closely interested in the details of the work and its findings, and secondly those with a general interest, who just want an overview. Hence the Foundation requests two reports:
1. A scientific report on the project suitable for other researchers etc., to understand and evaluate the research conducted and the outcomes. This should be sufficient for subsequent researchers to build upon where appropriate. It will generally follow a conventional format of
– Abstract / Summary
– Introduction / Background / Literature
– Research methodology
– Discussion / Conclusions.
It should have a frontispiece with an evocative image, giving the title of the report, the names and affiliations of the authors, that it is the final report on a grant from the Australian Flora Foundation, and the date of completion.
Pages need to be numbered, starting with the Abstract/Summary.
2. A short project summary aimed at the interested public for use in Australian Flora Foundation newsletters and promotional material. This may be the same as the Abstract/Summary in the scientific report.
We expect to put both reports on the Australian Flora Foundation’s website, the summary as a HTML file and the scientific report as a downloadable PDF file.
An important aspect of the reports is to explain the relevance of the work and its (potential) contribution to the cultivation and conservation of the Australian flora or other benefits. Coloured photos or digital images would be appreciated. Reports should be submitted electronically, either on a disc (labeled with the names of the enclosed files) or as an email attachment, if possible with text in Microsoft Word format, and images in JPEG format, or alternatively with the report in PDF format.
A signed copyright release must be provided with the report.
Please supply copies of any published articles, press releases etc that relate to the project. We appreciate that these may only become available some years after the Foundation’s funding has ceased, but they represent an important return on the investment made in your research.