To assist lead chief investigators (CIs) in managing projects with large resource allocations, particularly where large research teams are involved, the NCMAS provides for "super-projects".
Super-projects group together a number of individual projects and in doing so enables more effective management of the resources amongst them. Using a super-project a lead chief invesitgator may partition the resources available to particular projects, and redistribute resources amongst projects to ensure their efficient and effective use throughout each quarter.
What to Do
To take advantage of this facility each lead chief investigator should complete a separate application for the individual projects. (Note, no lead chief investigator can have more than one project).
- For each project that is part of a super-project note in the Administrative Summary "Related Projects" text field the codes of the individual projects to be grouped.
- Nominate one of the projects as the super-project.
- Request resources per project. The committee will make a total allocation to the project group, which will be distributed amongst the projects in proportion to their individual requests.
- Subsequent alterations to these distributions may be requested by an email message from the lead chief Investigator to specifying the variations required.
The Lead Chief Investigator of the nominated "super-project" of the project group will effectively be the Lead Chief Investigator of the project group. This person can manage only one super-project, and cannot have any other projects separate to the super-project group.
The Lead Chief Investigators of the individual projects within the group may or may not be the Lead Chief Investigator of the project group. Postgraduate students cannot be Lead Chief Investigators of sub-projects.