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  • A-110 - Financial Status Reporting (formerly A-110)

    Financial Status Reporting (formerly A-110)

    Sponsored Programs prepares the financial status report (FSR) in accordance with the Uniform Guidance (2 CFR 200) (formerly OMB Circular A-110). The guidelines detail the complete and timely submission of financial reports and other such closeout procedures for federal grants and contracts. Implementation of the new Uniform Guidance procurement standards has been delayed until July 1, 2018, so for now you may continue to operate under the procurement requirements of OMB Circular A-110. 

    Failure to adhere to these reporting requirements in connection with a specific grant or contract may result in the withholding by the federal agency of new awards campus-wide or the suspension of payments for costs incurred by the University on other projects funded by the agency.

    This section uniform administrative requirements for grants and agreements with institutions of higher education and other non-profit organizations. It covers (in part): Cash Management/Drawdown of funds, etc., Record Retention, Program Income, Procurement Standards, Property Standards, Cost Sharing, Financial Reporting.

  • A-133 Annual Audit Reports (Now Uniform Guidance Single Audit, Subpart F)

    Subpart F of the Uniform Guidance has replaced the former Office of Management and Budget (OMB) A-133 Compliance Supplement. It is a large and extensive United States federal government guide created for use in auditing federal assistance and federal grant programs, as well as their respective recipients. For audit reports, see to the Top

  • A-21 (Uniform Guidance Cost Principles formerly known as A-21)

    A-21 Costs (Federal Funds Only) – These costs are now referred to as: "Uniform Guidance Cost Principles." The term A-21 comes from the old U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-21 requires that certain expenses be treated as Facilities and Administrative Costs (also known as F&A, indirect costs, or overhead) and paid for through the recovery of indirect costs. Examples of these costs include clerical and administrative salaries, hosting, subscriptions, books, membership dues, postage, office supplies, and telecommunications. In order to qualify as a direct charge on a sponsored project, costs normally considered F&A must be charged in a timely manner and must be consistent with established institutional policies and practices. 

  • Accelerated Clinical Trial Agreement (ACTA)

    Accelerated Clinical Trial Agreement logoThe University of Michigan, with other industry partners and institutions, use the Accelerated Clinical Trial Agreement (ACTA). For those industry partners who agree to use the agreement (and the sponsor must agree to use it), it decreases contract negotiation time. The other steps, such as budget negotiation, proposal approval form (PAF) processing, and IRB review and approval are still required. 

    The ACTA is a straightforward and unambiguous document that clearly sets forth the contractual obligations of both parties, and presents language which — while perhaps not ideal for either party — is acceptable to both. Adoption and use of the ACTA will expedite the contract negotiation process and reduce the time it takes to start up industry-sponsored, multicenter clinical trials. 


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    We are ready and fully setup at U-M to support and encourage the use of the ACTA for industry sponsored multi-center clinical trials! Here is what you can do to take advantage: 

    1. There is a new question in the eResearch Proposal Management System (eRPM) for the PI added to the "Sign UFA" activity where you may indicate that you would like to attempt the use of the ACTA during the UFA process.
      • Answering “Yes” allows ORSP to approach the sponsor to propose the use of the ACTA. 
    2. Additionally, on the Clinical Trials Routing Form (CTRF), the UFA answer will carry over from the NDA. If not answered, ORSP project representatives can help you later pursue the ACTA. 
    3. Project Award Notices (PANs) will also carry language to indicate if the ACTA was accepted.
    4. Contact one of the following ORSP PRs directly when you have questions,  if a Sponsor indicates an interest in using the ACTA, or if a Sponsor would like a template agreement to review.
    5. Debra Dill
    6. Lark Haunert
    7. Tricia Haynes
    8. Anthony Nielsen
    9. Mike McAllister

    You can review the language in the agreement from the ACTA Website. The ACTA is not the promise of a full solution to industry-initiated clinical trial contracting, but it can help reduce one part of the process.

  • ACR - Award Change Request

    Award Change Request in the eResearch Proposal Management (eRPM) system.

  • Administrative Home

    The designated unit with overall responsibility for a particular proposal or project. Knowing the Administrative Home is particularly important in those cases where the Principal Investigator may have joint appointments.


  • Allowable Costs

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    In addition to being allowable, direct costs must follow the usual guidelines of being reasonable, allocable, applicable, and consistently treated and must comply with U-M policy.


    When in doubt, please contact your Finance - Sponsored Programs Customer Service representative (see the Coordinator by Department list). 

  • ARC (Advanced Research Computing)

    Office of Advanced Research Computing. U-M’s ARC 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

  • Award Management Functionality

    A 2018 project to update the eResearch Proposal Management System (eRPM).

  • AWD

    An Award (AWD) exists in the eResearch Proposal Management (eRPM) System. When it's first activated, a system-generated email is sent to certain project team members. It provides the AWD number that helps establish the project/grant (P/G) number in the U-M accounting system for the project.

    See Award Management functionality in eRPM.