Research Acronyms and Glossary

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7471: Project Budget Form [download from the Finance Forms page]

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A-21: Office of Management & Budget Circular A-21: Federal cost principles for educational institutions

A-110: OMB Circular A-110: uniform administrative requirements for graAdits of states, local governments & non-Profit organizations

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

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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

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Class Codes:
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 Research. Its staff provides statistical services to faculty, primary researchers, graduate students and staff of the University. See:

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:

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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.

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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:

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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.

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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

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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:

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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

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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

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MAIS: former name for ITS, University of Michigan Administrative Information Services (MAIS); responsible for the campus administrative computer systems, infrastructure, and security. See:

MICH-R Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research; go to:

Milestones: Explicit goals to be achieved at designated points of time.

MIRLYN: MIchigan Research LibrarY Network. See:

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.

MTF: Materials Transfer Form -- form for agreements that govern terms of use of materials provided to another investigator; should be considered a research contract; may cover intellectual property rights, publication, warranties, confidentiality and other topics. See: Materials Transfer Agreements Forms can be downloaded from the UM Forms page

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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.

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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:

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:

Tech Transfer: Office of Technology Transfer: Assists in transferring University inventions to the marketplace. See:

OVPR: The former name of the Office of the Vice-President for Research. The current name is the U-M Office of Research (UMOR). UMOR 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:

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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:

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.

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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 U-M Office of Research (UMOR)

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:

RSO: Radiation Safety Officer

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SAW: Sponsored Awards on the Web

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.

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Terms and Conditions: Legal terminology contained in a contract that controls various aspects of the performance of the University and the sponsor.

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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:

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 Database of clinical trials at the University of Michigan; go to:

UMOR: The U-M Office of Research (UMOR). UMOR 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:

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

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VA: Department of Veterans Affairs

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White Paper: another name for a pre-proposal.

WHO: World Health Organization

Wolverine Access: gateway to UM administrative systems

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501.c.3: Internal Revenue Service tax exempt status for non-profit organizations

AA: Ann Arbor

AAALAC: American Association of Animal Laboratory Accreditation Council

AAAS: American Association for the Advancement of Science

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:

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

AFRL: Air Force Research Laboratory

AHA: American Heart Association

AHCPR: Agency for Health Care and Research

ANPRM: Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

ARO: Army Research Office

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

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:


DA: Department Administration Costs

DA: Department of the Army

DARPA: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

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.

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

DOD: Department of Defense

DODGARS: DOD Grant and Agreement Regulations

DOE: Department of Energy

DOL: Department of Labor

DOT: Department of Transportation

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

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

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:

FISAP: Fiscal Operations Report & Application to Participate

FMC: Federal Management Circular

FOA: Funding Opportunity Announcement

FOB: Free-on-board

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:

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:

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

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

NEH: National Endowment for the Humanities

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:

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:

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

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:

USC: United States Code

USCG: United States Coast Guard

USDA : United States Department of Agriculture

USDOJ: United States Department of Justice

USIA: United States Information Agency (now integrated into the State Department)

USN: United States Navy

USPA: United States Postal Service

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.

Obsolete Terms


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:

JAFTIC:Joint Administrative/ Faculty Task Force on Indirect Costs -- related to expenditures that must be excluded from the University's indirect cost base.