These acronyms and definitions are offered as an aid to understanding the research enterprise at the UM. It is a work in progress. Send us your corrections, comments, and additions. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
7471: Project Budget Form [download from the Finance Forms page]
A-21: Office of Management & Budget Circular A-21: Federal cost principles for educational institutions
Administrative Shell: includes two parts. 1. A non-finalized PAF and 2. a non-final proposal that differs from the final proposal in only one way: the technical or scientific text of the proposal may be in draft form. See the guidance in the ORSP Standard Operating Procedure on Proposal Review by ORSP
Administrative home: Designated unit in eResearch Proposal Management that is responsible for a particular proprosal or project; important for those cases where the Principal Investigator may have joint appointments
BEC: Business Engagement Center, industry "front door" for research, interns, philanthropy and other activities with UM, corporate relations
BAA: Broad Agency Announcement, research solicitation, funding notice; used in particular by Dept. of Defense
BAA: Business Associates Agreements, a contract between a HIPAA covered entity and a business associate; includes a requirement to spell out how data breaches will be handled
The Class chartfield is used to denote the functional nature of an expense, which is essential for external and internal financial reporting. Codes should be used appropriately and consistently among like transactions. See this list prepared by Cost Reimbursement for the codes relevant to research and sponsored projects Class Codes
More about class codes
Conflict of Interest: When a University employee is in a position to influence the conduct of a project for personal gain due to responsibilities or to arrangements with an outside entity. See: UM Policies -- Conflict of Interest
Consortium : Generally an agreement between university and corporate partners entered into for a specific research project or program.
Consultant: A participant, either internal or external to the University, whose participation does not require a sub-account or sub-contract, and who is paid via a personal service agreement.
Contract: an agreement where a specific work statement is supported by funds from a sponsor who exercises more control than in the case of a grant.
Cooperative Agreement: Funding mechanism like a grant except there is substantial programmatic involvement of the sponsor.
Cost Sharing : When the full stated cost of a project is provided by both the sponsor and the University; the University's formal commitment to fund a portion of a sponsored project is referred to as cost sharing.
CRLT: Center for Research on Learning and Teaching. UM unit that assists faculty and students in improving their pedagogy
CSCAR: Center For Statistical Consultation and Research -- Offers an integrated, comprehensive statistical consulting service, covering all aspects of a quantitative research project ranging from the initial study design through to the presentation of the final research conclusions. A service and research unit of the University of Michigan, administratively located in the Office of the Vice President for Research. Its staff provides statistical services to faculty, primary researchers, graduate students and staff of the University. See: http://www.umich.edu/~cscar
Cyberinfrastructure: CI refers to a platform of technological and human support for advanced, integrated computation and information resources in the service of research and learning. Office of Research Cyberinfrastructure. ORCI (pronounced OR-kee) works to advance CI at U-M. See: http://orci.research.umich.edu/
DRDA: Division of Research Development & Administration -- Pre 1/1/2012 name of the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects, ORSP.
DRDA-Net : Former name of ORSP-Announce.
ECR: Export Control Regulations. Legislation and policies controlling dissemination of "technical data" to foreign nationals, governed by the Dept of Commerce and Depts. of Defense and State.
EDA : Economic Development Administration
E-Mail Alert: E-mail notices of funding opportunities that match the applicants interests. Individuals must sign up for any they are interested in. See: Funding: E-Mail Alert Groups
Effort Certification: Employees appointed directly to a sponsored project sign an annual certification that the distribution of effort on their appointment form is correct.
eResearch: web-based system for managing research-related activities; See: http://eresearch.umich.edu/
FastLane: National Science Foundation's electronic project submission and management system
FastLane-Net: Combined electronic mail group from ORSP that provides administrators updates and flash notices of changes in policies and procedures that affect grants and proposal submission, budgets, and guidelines for the NSF
Fabrication Account: Special form of sub-account used when investigators will build equipment from purchased materials and supplies; generally excluded from indirect costs.
FDP: Federal Demonstration Partnership -- A cooperative effort among federal research agencies, universities and the National Academy of Science's Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable aimed at streamlining and improving the federal/university research support relationship and reducing administrative burden on Principal Investigators.
Finalized PAF: A completed and signed PAF that includes the final proposal and the Project Team has performed the eResearch Proposal Management activity entitled, "Finalize proposal for Submission to Sponsor."
Final Proposal: A proposal in its final form that includes all the sponsored-required documents and forms and ready to be submitted to the sponsor.
FOA: Funding Opportunity Announcement, usually federal. Often can be selected in eRPM to automatically pull in needed information for submissions.
GAANN : Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need; program in the U.S. Dept. of Education
Gift: Funds from a private source that do not provide a benefit to the donor, including results from a defined project.
Grant: Funds awarded by a sponsor to achieve a specific goal; a grant entails obligations to a sponsor, although they are less stringent than those in a contract.
GSRA: Graduate Student Research Assistant
HBCU: Historically Black College and University
HCFA: Health Care Financing Administration
HHS: Department of Health and Human Services
HIPAA: Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
HRSA: Health Resources and Services Administration
HUD: Department of Housing and Urban Development. See: http://www.hud.gov/
Indirect Costs: Also known as Facilities and Administrative Costs. The costs of operations which generally cannot be assigned to specific projects, such as electricity and central administrative services; sometimes referred to as "overhead."
Investigator: the Principal Investigator (PI) or Project Director (PD), Participating Investigators, Senior/Key personnel (as identified by the institution in a proposal or sponsor report), and any other individual identified by the PI/PD as responsible for the design, conduct, or reporting of the research (i.e., not simply working on, or engaged in the project).
Individual Investigator Award: Generally a single project or series of closely related projects under the direction of a single investigator.
Industrial Affiliates: Programs authorized within the University to encourage interactions with business and industry; in return for fees, members receive general benefits.
In-Kind Contribution: Non-monetary cost sharing, often consisting of equipment which is donated or loaned for a project.
Intellectual Property: Potentially legally protectable knowledge, technology, ideas, and information often resulting from performance of sponsored activity.
IBC: Institutional Biosafety Committee -- approves use of recombinant DNA; formerly, the Biological Research Review Committee;
IRB: Institutional Review Boards (Human Subjects)
ITCS: Information Technology Central Services the general computer unit; now merged with MAIS, the administrative computing services, to form ITS
ITS: Information and Technology Services umbrella unit of merged adminisrative and general computing at the University of Michigan
ITAR: International Traffic in Arms Regulation. A specific export control regulation which affects some projects funded by Department of Defense agencies. See: Export Controls
Limited Submissions Competitions: Opportunities that require an internal review to select the limited number of proposals that a sponsor will allow to be submitted from the UM. See Limited Submissions
MAIS: former name for ITS, University of Michigan Administrative Information Services (MAIS); responsible for the campus administrative computer systems, infrastructure, and security. See: http://www.mais.umich.edu/
MICH-R Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research; go to: http://www.michr.umich.edu/home
Milestones: Explicit goals to be achieved at designated points of time.
MIRLYN: MIchigan Research LibrarY Network. See: http://mirlyn.lib.umich.edu/
M-Quest: Database maintained by the University of Michigan Medical School Office of Research; formerly fellowships and opportunities; currently, administrative only
MTDC: Modified Total Direct Cost. The basis on which most UM indirect costs are calculated. Calculated as total costs minus equipment, tuition, patient care costs, and the portion of a sub-contract in excess of $25,000.
NIH-GROUP: Electronic mail group from ORSP that provides latest information concerning policies and procedures from the National Institutes of Health, and used for other biomedical research-related opportunities, as well
Non-disclosure Agreement: Formal agreement in which one party agrees not to disclose proprietary information provided by the other party.
OEM: Original Equipment Manufacturer -- a term used often by the Procurement, especially in reference to service or upgrades of equipment
ORCI: Office of Research Cyberinfrastructure. ORCI (pronounced OR-kee) works to advance Cyberinfrastructure (CI) at U-M. CI refers to a platform of technological and human support for advanced, integrated computation and information resources in the service of research and learning. See: http://orci.research.umich.edu/
ORSP: Office of Research and Sponsored Projects -- See: ORSP assists faculty and staff in all aspects of externally funded research projects and other scholarly activities--from the identification of a potential sponsor and the preparation of a proposal, through various administrative problems that arise in the course of a project, to the submission of the documents required to close out the project. Assistance is provided related to budgets, personnel, space, sub-contracts, reporting and accountability, patents, negotiations with the sponsor, and other administrative concerns.
ORSP-Announce: (formerly DRDA-NET) Electronic mail group used to disseminate information about changes in policies and procedures that affect grants and proposal submission, budgets, guidelines, etc.
OSEH: Occupational Safety and Environmental Health. See: http://www.oseh.umich.edu/
OTT: Office of Technology Transfer: Assists in transferring University inventions to the marketplace. See: http://www.techtransfer.umich.edu
OVPR:Office of the Vice-President for Research. OVPR has primary responsibility for research policy, oversight of responsible conduct of research education and compliance, and oversight of administration and support of research activity by the faculty. See: http://research.umich.edu/ovpr/
PAC: Project Award Change -- a change in the condition of awards issues by
PAC request: Project Award Change Request form-- form that is sent to ORSP project representative explaining the project change needed
PAF: Proposal Approval Form -- information that must be routed with proposals through the University and signed by university officials; the PAF is now online as part of the eResearch Proposal Management system
PAF-R: Proposal Approval Form-Restricted ; Addition to the PAF that must be approved by Vice President for Research when project directors ask for restrictions on openess of research. See: Regents' Policy Concerning Research Grants, Contracts, and Agreements
PAN: Project Award Notice
Parallel proposals: When a proposal is submitted to more than one sponsor, with the understanding that funding would be accepted from only one.
Parent account : The main project account to which sub-accounts are subsidiary.
PEERRS: the Program for Education and Evaluation in Responsible Research and Scholarship, is a Web-based instruction and certification program for members of the University community engaged in or associated with research. See: http://my.research.umich.edu/peerrs/
Pilot Grant (Seed Grant): A small project, generally funded through internal sources to help develop a project to the point where external funding can be obtained. See UM Funds at: /funding/funding.html
P.O.: Purchase Order.
Pre-Proposal: A preliminary project description submitted to a sponsor; the sponsor selects some pre-proposals for submission of full proposals. Note: the eResearch system will ask whether you are preparing a preproposal or a full proposal. Please select carefully. They cannot be switched later. The numbering and routing are different. For guidance on when to PRE vs PAF, see the Standard Operating Procedure 100.1 [pdf]
Prime contractor : The institution receiving the award from the sponsor.
Principal Investigator: Individual responsible for the administrative and programmatic aspects of a project, as well as the direction of the research or program activity.
Proposal:The written description of a project which is presented to a sponsor; the proposal includes cost estimates and other administrative details, in addition to a statement of work.
PSC: Personal Service Contract. This form is to be used if consultant (using form G-2) will receive more than $5,000 in a year.
RAD: Research Associate Dean
Research Faculty: non-tenured research faculty. See Research Faculty web page for more. formerly Primary Research Scientists
"Reps & Certs":Representations & Certification. Required statements which must accompany federal contracts & proposals, and which are completed by ORSP.
Routine/Commercial Testing: Generally consists of non-experimental quantitative measurements; University researchers may choose to conduct some testing if certain conditions apply.
RPC: Radiation Policy Committee
RPC: Research Policies Committee -- Faculty advisory committee to the UM OVPR
RPPR: Research Performance Progress Report; electronic used by NIH and other federal agencies for progress reports. NIH's Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) Guide is found at this link: http://era.nih.gov/era_training/rppr.cfm.
RSO: Radiation Safety Officer
SAW: Sponsored Awards on the Web ; Web search for sponsored awards; data drawn from the eRPM data set (replaced PRISM)
Sponsor Principal Investigator: an employee or student of the University of Michigan who meets the eligibility requirements of the sponsor. Used when required to be named on applications but UM employee does not meet requirements for UM Principal Investigator. For example, students or fellows. See: Definition of Principal Investigator
Subaccount: A formally designated project account, which is subsidiary to a larger project within the University.
Subcontract: A formally designated project in which the direct sponsor receives funds from a prime sponsor; or an arrangement in which the University provides funds for performing a part of a project to another organization.
Terms and Conditions: Legal terminology contained in a contract that controls various aspects of the performance of the University and the sponsor.
UCUCA: University Committee for the Use and Care of Animals (UCUCA)
approves all use of vertebrate animals in UM research and education; advises University research officials on matters related to the use of animals in research and education. See: http://www.ucuca.umich.edu/
ALERT: On December 2nd, 2013, the paper processing of unfunded agreements (UFAs), such as Material Transfer Agreements, Data Use Agreements, Non-Disclosure Agreements related to sponsored research, and other such "unfunded" agreements moved to eResearch Proposal Management (eRPM).
Also, Tech Transfer now processes incoming Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs) in addition to outgoing MTAs. Tech Transfer will continue to work directly with inventors to process Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) related to the disclosure of intellectual property for licensing purposes. All NDAs related to sponsored research project proposals will continue to be handled by ORSP.
If you have any questions regarding UFAs or this upcoming change, please contact your home unit or the applicable central office for assistance.
UFA - Unfunded Agreement: Non-financial agreement with a sponsor, such as a Nondisclosure Agreements, Material Transfer Agreement or Cooperative Research Agreement
ULAM: Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine
provides veterinary care for animals on campus; provides animal housing facilities; educates students and faculty on use and care of animals in education and research; see http://www.ulam.med.umich.edu
UMClinicalStudies.org: Database of clinical trials at the University of Michigan; go to: www.umclinicalstudies.org
UM Principal Investigator: UM Principal Investigator is a University of Michigan employee having the background and training in scientific and administrative oversight necessary to conduct and manage a sponsored project. See: Definition of Principal Investigator
VA: Department of Veterans Affairs
White Paper: another name for a pre-proposal.
WHO: World Health Organization. See: http://www.who.int/
Wolverine Access: gateway to UM administrative systems. Go to: http://wolverineaccess.umich.edu/
501.c.3: Internal Revenue Service tax exempt status for non-profit organizations
AA: Ann Arbor. See: http://www.ci.ann-arbor.mi.us/
AAALAC: American Association of Animal Laboratory Accreditation Council
AAAS: American Association for the Advancement of Science. See: http://www.aaas.org/
AAMC: American Association of Medical Colleges
AAU: Association of American Universities
ABRF: Association of Bimolecular Resource Facilities
ACM: Association of American Medical Colleges
ACS: American Cancer Society. See: http://www.cancer.org/
ACO: Administrative Contracting Officer
ADA: Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
AFAA: Air Force Audit Agency
AFARS: Army Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement
AFOSR: Air Force Office of Scientific Research. See: http://www.afosr.af.mil/
AFRL: Air Force Research Laboratory
AHA: American Heart Association. See: http://www.americanheart.org/
AHCPR: Agency for Health Care and Research
ANPRM: Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
ARO: Army Research Office. See: http://www.aro.ncren.net/
ARPA: Advanced Research Projects Agency
ASAP: Automated Standard Application for Payments
ASSERT: Administrative Supplement for Education and Research Training (DOD)
ATP: Advance Technology Program
AUTM : Association of University Technology Managers
Career Award/Career Development Award (NIH/NSF): Award, which allows significant programmatic flexibility, to a senior investigator with a successful history with the agency, or a junior investigator with high research potential.
CAS: Cost Accounting Standards. Specific rules promulgated by the federal government to achieve consistent accounting practices for sponsored projects.
CASB: Cost Accounting Standards Board
CBD : Commerce Business Daily
CBO : Congressional Budget Office
CCH : Commerce Clearing House
CCR: Central Contractor Registration
CDC: Centers for Disease Control. See: http://www.cdc.gov/od/pgo/funding/funding.htm
CFDA: Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
CFO: Chief Financial Officer
CFR: Code of Federal Regulations
CFS: Committee on Fundamental Science
CICA: Competition in Contracting Act
CISE: Computer and Information Science and Engineering (NSF)
CLIN: Contract Line Item Number
CMIA: Cash Management Improvement Act
CNO: Chief of Naval Operations
CO: Contracting Officer
COI: Conflict of Interest
COGR: Council On Governmental Relations
COS: Committee on Science of the National Science and Technology Council
COS: Community of Science - database of funding opportunities and faculty profiles; See: Funding Databases
COSEPUP : Committee on Science, Engineering and Public Policy
CPSR: Contractor Procurement/Property System Review
CRADA: Cooperative Research and Development Agreement
CRIA: Confidential Research Information Act; complement to FOIA which exempts proprietary information held by university personnel if certain conditions are met.
CSR : Center for Scientific Review (NIH). See: http://www.csr.nih.gov/
DA: Department Administration Costs
DA: Department of the Army
DARPA: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. See: http://www.darpa.mil/
DC: Direct Costs
DCE: Direct Cost Equivalent
DCAA: Defense Contract Audit Agency
DCASR's : Defense Contract Administration Services Regions
DEAR: Department of Energy Acquisition Regulations
DEC: Determination of Exceptional Circumstances
DED: Department of Education. Find announcements on the Federal register at http://www.ed.gov/news/fedregister/announce/
DFAR: Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation
DFARS: Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement
DHEW: Department of Health, Education, and Welfare
DHHS: Department of Health and Human Services
DIA: Defense Intelligence Agency
DIALOG: A Computer based search system using key words
DIPEC: Defense Industrial Plant Equipment Council
DIS: Defense Investigative Service
DNA: Defense Nuclear Agency
DOA: Department of Agriculture
DOC: Department of Commerce.. See: http://www.doc.gov/
DOD: Department of Defense
DODGARS: DOD Grant and Agreement Regulations
DOE: Department of Energy. See: http://www.doe.gov
DOL: Department of Labor. See: http://www.dol.gov/
DOT: Department of Transportation. See: http://www.dot.gov/
DURIP: Defense/University Research Instrumentation Program
EARS: Electronic Approval and Routing Systems
EC: Electronic Commerce (or e commerce)
EDGAR: Education Department General Administration
EDI: Electronic Data Interchange
EEOC: Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
EFT: Electronic Funds Transfer
EO: Executive Order
EPA: Environmental Protection Agency
ERA: Economic Regulatory Administration
eRA : Electronic Research Administration
ERIC: Educational Resources Information Center. See: http://www.eric.ed.gov/
ETA: Employment and Training Administration
EVS: Equipment Visibility System
F&A: Facilities and Administrative (called Indirect costs at the UM)
FAA: Federal Aviation Administration
FAR: Federal Acquisition Regulation
FARS: Financial Accounting and Reporting System
FASA: Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act
FASAB: Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board
FASEB: Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
FastLane : NSF's program for ERA; electronic proposal submission is now functional through this system. (See http://www.fastlane.nsf.gov/)
FC-Search Foundation Center: Database of funding opportunities of US foundations; online through UM library electronic resources
FCC: Federal Communications Commission
FCST: Federal Council for Science and Technology
FDA: Food and Drug Administration
FDP I: Federal Demonstration Project
FECAI: Federal Electronic Commerce Acquisition Instructions
FEDIX: An on-line federal data base serving most federal agencies for on-line searches
FEMA: Federal Emergency Management Agency
FFMIA: Federal Financial Management Improvement Act
FHWA: Federal Highway Administration
FIC: John E. Fogarty International Center (NIH)
FICC: Federal Interagency Coordinating Council
FIMA: Financial Management System.
FIPSE: Fund for Improvement of Postsecondary Education. See: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/fipse/
FISAP: Fiscal Operations Report & Application to Participate
FMC: Federal Management Circular
FOA: Funding Opportunity Announcement
FOIA: Freedom of Information Act
FR: Federal Register
FS&T: Federal Science and Technology Budget
FTC: Federal Trade Commission
FTS: Federal Telecommunications System
FY: Fiscal Year
GAAP: Generally Accepted Accounting Principles
GAO: General Accounting Office
GA: General Administration (Costs)
GAMS: Grants Application and Management System: a consortium of universities which is developing an eRA system.
GASB: Governmental Accounting Standards Board
GATT: General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade
GMAA: Government Management Reform Act
GPG: Grant Proposal Guide (NSF)
GPO: Government Printing Office
GPRA: Government Performance and Results Act
GSA: General Services Administration
GUIRR: Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable
IACUC: Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
IBC: Institutional Biosafety Committee
ICC: Interstate Commerce Commission
IDC: Indirect Costs
IG: Inspector General
IGERT: Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training Program (NSF)
IMLS: Institute of Museum and Library Services. See: http://www.imls.gov/
IPA: Intergovernmental Personnel Act
IPR : Intellectual Property Rights
IR&D: Independent Research and Development
IRB: Institutional Review Board
IRIS: On-line search system for research opportunities developed by the University of Illinois (not available at UM)
ITMRA: Information Technology Management Reform Act
JAG: Judge Advocate General
JCS: Joint Chiefs of Staff
LSA: Labor Surplus Area
MBDA: Minority Business Development Agency
MBE: Minority Business Enterprise
MOU: Memorandum of Understanding
MPHI: Michigan Public Health Institute. See: http://www.mphi.org/
MRI : Major Research Instrumentation (NSF)
MSRA: Michigan Chapter of Society of Research Administrators
MTDC: Modified Total Direct Costs
NACUBO: National Association of College and University Business Officers
NAS: National Academy of Sciences
NASA: National Aeronautics and Space Administration. See: http://www.nasa.gov/
NCC: National Coordinating Committee
NCCAM: National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NIH)
NCI: National Cancer Institute
NCRR: National Center for Research Resources
NCST: National Council of Science and Technology
NCURA: National Council of University Research Administrators
NEA: National Endowment for the Arts. See: http://arts.endow.gov/
NEH: National Endowment for the Humanities. See: http://www.neh.gov/
NEI: National Eye Institute (NIH)
NHGR: INational Human Genome Research Institute (NIH)
NHLB: INational Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NIH)
NIA : National Institute on Aging (NIH)
NIAAA : National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIH)
NIAID: National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIH)
NIAMS : National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIH)
NICHD: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NIH)
NIDA: National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH)
NIDCD: National Institute on Deafness and Other Communicable Disorders (NIH)
NIDCR : National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIH)
NIDDK: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIH)
NIE: National Institute of Education
NIEHS: National Institute of Environmental Health Services (NIH)
NIGMS : National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIH)
NIH: National Institutes of Health. See: http://www.nih.gov/grants
NIH: CommonsNIH's strategy to accommodate ERA
NIJ: National Institute of Justice
NIMH: National Institute of Mental Health (NIH)
NINDS : National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NIH)
NINR: National Institute for Nursing Research (NIH)
NIOSH : National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health
NIST: National Institute of Standards and Technology
NLM: National Library of Medicine
NLRB: National Labor Relations Board
NOAA: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NPR: National Performance Review
NPRM: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
NPS: National Park Service
NRC: National Research Council
NRC: Nuclear Regulatory Commission
NRL: Naval Research Laboratory
NSA: National Security Agency
NSB: National Science Board
NSC: National Security Council
NSF: National Science Foundation. Most up to date announcements at: http://www.nsf.gov/home/ebulletin/edaily.htm
NSF/STIS : An on-line search system of the National Science Foundation
NSP: Not Separately Priced
NSTC: National Science Technology Council
NTIS: National Technical Information Service
NTSB: National Transportation Safety Board
OCR: Office of Civil Rights
OES : Office of Employment Security
OET: Office of Employment Training
OFCC:Office of Federal Contract Compliance
OFM: Office of Financial Management
OFR: Office of the Federal Register
OIG: Office of Inspector General
O&M: Operations and Maintenance Costs
OMB: Office of Management and Budget
ONR: Office of Naval Research. See http://www.onr.navy.mil/
OPM: Office of Personnel Management
OPRR: Office for Protection from Research Risks
ORA: Office of Research Administration
ORI: Office of Research Integrity
OSEP: Office of Special Education Programs
OSHA: Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OSP: Office of Sponsored Projects
OSTP: Office of Science and Technology Policy
OT: Office of Transportation
PCAST: President's Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology
PCC: Policy Coordination Council
PCO: Procuring Contracting Officer
PDF: Portable Document Format
PETA: People for the Ethnical Treatment of Animals
PHS: Public Health Service
PMS: Payment Management System
PRD: Presidential Review Directive
PROG: Peer Review Oversight Group
PTO: Patent and Trademark Office
RDNA: Recombinant DNA Research
RFA: Request for Applications
RFP: Request for Proposal
RFQ : Request for Quotation
S&W: Salaries and Wages
S&W + B: Salaries and Wages plus Benefits
SAMHSA: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (NIH)
SBIR: Small Business Innovative Research
SBA: Small Business Administration
SEOG: Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants
SF: Standard Form
SOW: Statement of Work
SPA: Sponsored Project Administration
SPAS: Sponsored Project Administration System
SPIN: On-line search system for research opportunities developed by the University of New York System; see Funding Databases
SRA: Society of Research Administrators
STEP: Science, Technology and Economic Policy Board
STP: Science and Technology Policy
STTR: Small Business Technology Transfer
T&A: Time and attendance
TBSR: Total Business Systems Review
TDC: Total Direct Costs
UBIT: Unrelated Business Income Tax
UCA: Utility Cost Adjustment
USA: United States Army
USAF: United States Air Force
USAID : United States Agency for International Development. See: http://www.usaid.gov/
USC: United States Code
USCG: United States Coast Guard
USDA : United States Department of Agriculture. See: http://www.usda.gov/
USDOJ: United States Department of Justice. See: http://www.usdoj.gov/
USIA: United States Information Agency (now integrated into the State Department). See: http://usinfo.state.gov/
USN: United States Navy
USPA: United States Postal Service. See: http://www.usps.gov/
A list of acronyms for departments, organizations and buildings on campus may be found at LSA New Employee Resources The list is in PDF format.
PRISM: Programmed Research Information System at Michigan
database of UM proposals and awards since 1987; replaced by Sponsored Awards on the Web and the eRPM data set
RIMS: Research Information Management System: a University initiative to plan and oversee development of eRA. Superceded by MPRIME
TMO: Technology Management Office -- former name of the Office of Technology Transfer. See: http://www.techtransfer.umich.edu
JAFTIC:Joint Administrative/ Faculty Task Force on Indirect Costs -- related to expenditures that must be excluded from the University's indirect cost base.