TSS Flagship Constellation FAQs

The UM (Oxford) Transmittal Submission System (TSS) for funding proposals is being updated to allow proposals submitted from the Oxford campus to be marked as primarily associated with, or otherwise related to, one or more of UM’s Flagship Constellations[1]

Questions:

  1. What are the requirements for a UM proposal submitted from the Oxford campus to be considered primarily associated with a constellation?
  2. What are the requirements for a UM proposal submitted from the Oxford campus to be related to a constellation?
  3. Who decides whether a constellation should be marked as primarily associated with or related to a constellation?
  4.  I am a PI on a proposal under development, but am not sure whether it should be flagged as associated with or related to a constellation? Who can help me?
  5. My proposal appears to meet the criteria to be primarily associated with, or related to, a constellation, but I have not been participating as a member of that constellation. Does that matter?
  6. Why should a proposal be tagged as a constellation proposal—whether primarily associated or related?
  7. Who gets credit for a constellation proposal/award? Who gets to count it?
  8. How will constellation proposals/awards be counted/credited?
  9. What are the implications for F&A?

Answers:

Q: What are the requirements for a UM proposal submitted from the Oxford campus to be considered primarily associated with a constellation?
A: The requirements are:
  1. The proposal must be directly associated with the theme or societal grand challenge of the constellation.
  2. The association must be flagged in the Primary Constellation panel of the Constellations tab of the transmittal, and the nature association should be clearly described in the corresponding text field.
  3. The proposal must involve multiple (at least two) investigators on the UM Oxford and/or UMMC campuses.
  4. The proposal must involve multiple (at least two) disciplines on the UM Oxford and/or UMMC campuses. (Some departments house multiple disciplines).
  5. A proposal can be primarily associated with at most one constellation. Relationships with additional constellations should be captured using the Related Constellations transmittal window.
Q: Who decides whether a constellation should be marked as primarily associated with or related to a constellation?
A: The Principal Investigator (PI) should make the initial determination, and reflect that in the transmittal. Constellation Leader(s) should confirm that determination when signing the transmittal. Chairs and Deans should acknowledge that determination when approving the transmittal. ORSP will also acknowledge that determination when providing final institutional approval for the transmittal.

Q: I am a PI on a proposal under development, but am not sure whether it should be flagged as associated with or related to a constellation? Who can help me?
A: Contact the leaders of the constellation or constellations you are considering.

Q: My proposal appears to meet the criteria to be primarily associated with, or related to, a constellation, but I have not been participating as a member of that constellation. Does that matter?
A: Not really--you can be added as a member to a constellation at any time. Just contact the Constellation Leaders to be added.

Q: Why should a proposal be tagged as a constellation proposal—whether primarily associated or related?
A: By counting proposals and awards that are related to constellations, we can better assess the impact of the Flagship Constellations Initiative in general, and each individual constellation in particular.

Q: Who gets credit for a constellation proposal/award? Who gets to count it?
A: Institutional credit for (that is, counting of) constellation proposals is the same as for non-constellation proposals—it is counted by the PI’s Department or Center, and the PI’s School or College.

Q: How will constellation proposals/awards be counted/credited?
A: As “overlay” information. For each Department, Center, School, and College, when they see their list of monthly and annual proposals and awards, we will also provide them additional information about how many of these proposals and awards (and dollars) were for constellation associated proposals (max one constellation per proposal/award), and constellation related proposals (max four constellations per proposal/award).

Q: What are the implications for F&A?
A: Currently, there are no implications for F&A distribution. F&A will be continue to distributed according to the options selected in the Budget Tab of the transmittal (which is either standard distribution for the unit, or different distribution as documented in the transmittal and agree to by all signing parties). 


[1] UM Flagship Constellations: http://flagshipconstellations.olemiss.edu/