@Oerba Yun Jay
For the record: All future Research Projects must first be submitted to me via PM for approval (and to be given a completion time) before they can be initiated in-thread. I realize there are currently some research projects running that weren't submitted, but go ahead and consider those approved for the sake of simplicity.
Furthermore, all major changes to your civilization are considered Research Projects (establishing a new base on an adjacent planet, restructuring your government, etc.) - not just scientific advancements.