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Acronyms - Research Administration

  • A-21 OMB Circular A-21
  • A-110 OMB Circular A- 1 10
  • A-133 OMB Circular A-1 33
  • AAAS American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • AAMC Association of American Medical Colleges
  • AALAC Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care
  • ACO Administrative Contracting Officer
  • ACS American Cancer Society
  • ACUO Association of College & University Offices
  • ADA Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
  • ADAMHA Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Administration Re-Organization Act
  • AFOSR Air Force Office of Scientific Research
  • AHA American Heart Association
  • AID Agency for International Development
  • AMA American Medical Association
  • ANCRP Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (PHS)
  • APWA American Public Works Association
  • AREA Academic Research Enhancement Award (NIH)
  • ARI Army Research Institute
  • ARO Army Research Office
  • ARPA Advanced Research Projects Agency (DOD)
  • ASPR Armed Services Procurement Regulations
  • ATSDR Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry (PHS)
  • AUTM Association of University Technology Managers
  • AY Academic Year
  • BA Basic Agreement
  • BAA Broad Agency Announcement
  • BAFO Best and Final Offer
  • B(E)OG Basic (Educational) Opportunity Grant
  • BES Division of Bioengineering & Environmental Systems
  • BHP Bureau of Health Professions (HRSA)
  • BLS Bureau of Labor Statistics (DOL)
  • BML Biological Material License
  • BOA Basic Ordering Agreement
  • BRDPI Biomedical Research and Development Price Index
  • BRSG Biomedical Research Support Grant (NIH)
  • BTS Border and Transportation Security (DHS) (formerly INS)
  • CAAA Clean Air Act Amendment
  • CAS Cost Accounting Standards
  • CASB Cost Accounting Standards Board
  • CBO Congressional Budget Office
  • CC Warren Grant Magnuson Clinical Center (NIH)
  • CCR Central Contractor Registration
  • CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • CEL Commercial Evaluation License
  • CFDA Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
  • CFO Chief Financial Officer
  • CFR Code of Federal Regulations
  • CIA Clinical Investigator Award
  • CICA Competition in Contracting Act
  • CIE Center for International Education (ED)
  • CIT Center for Information Technology (NIH) (formerly DCRT, OIRM, TCB)
  • CLlN Contract Line Item Number
  • CMlA Cash Management Improvement Act
  • CO Contacting Officer
  • CO-PI Co-Principal Investigator
  • COGR Council on Governmental Relations
  • COIConflict of Interest
  • COLACost of Living Allowance
  • COS Committee on Science of the National Science & Technology Council
  • COSEPUPCommittee on Science, Engineering and Public Policy
  • CPFF Cost Plus Fixed Fee Contract
  • CPI Consumer Price Index
  • CPSR Contractor Procurement/Property System Review
  • CRA Certified Research Administrator
  • CRADA Cooperative Research and Development Agreement
  • CRC Cooperative Research Center
  • CRISP Computer Retrieval of Information on Scientific Programs
  • CRS Congressional Research Service
  • CSR Center for Scientific Review (NIH)
  • CURI College-University Resource Institute
  • DA Department of the Army (also Departmental Administration)
  • DAC Defense Acquisition Circular
  • DAR Defense Acquisition Regulations
  • DARPA Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
  • DBE Disadvantaged Business Enterprise
  • DC Direct Costs
  • DCA Division of Cost Allocation (HHS)
  • DCAA Defense Contract Audit Agency
  • DCE Direct Cost Equivalent
  • DD Department of Defense (also DOD)
  • DEAR Department of Energy Acquisition Regulations
  • DED Deportment of Education (also DOEd)
  • DFAR Defense Federal Acquisition Regulations
  • DHEW Department of Health, Education and Welfare (replaced by DHHS)
  • DHHS Department of Health and Human Services
  • DHS Department of Homeland Security
  • DNA Defense Nuclear Agency
  • DOC Department of Commerce
  • DOD Department of Defense (also DD)
  • DODGARs DOD Grant and Agreement Regulations
  • DOE Department of Energy
  • DOEd Department of Education (also ED)
  • DOI Department of Interior
  • DOJ Department of Justice
  • DOL Department of Labor
  • DOS Department of State
  • DOT Department of Transportation
  • DRG Division of Research Grants (NIH)
  • DRR Division of Research Resources (NIH)
  • DRS Division of Research Services (NIH)
  • DS-2 Disclosure Statement (under Cost Accounting Standards)
  • DSMB Data Safety Monitoring Board
  • E A Expanded Authorities
  • EARS Electronic Approval and Routing Systems
  • EBB Electronic Bulletin Board
  • ED Department of Education (also DoEd)
  • EDA Economic Development Administration (DOC)
  • EDGAR Education Department General Administration Regulations
  • EDI Electronic Data Interchange
  • EDISON Interagency Extramural Invention Information Management System
  • EFT Electronic Funds Transfer
  • EO Executive Order
  • EPA Environmental Protection Agency
  • ERA Electronic Research Administration
  • ETA Employment and Training Administration (DOL)
  • EU Emory University
  • EVS Ethics and Values Studies (NSF)
  • F&A Facilities and Administrative Costs (formerly Indirect Costs)
  • FAA Federal Aviation Administration (DOT)
  • FAADS Federal Assistance Awards Data System
  • FAR Federal Acquisition Regulations
  • FASEB Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
  • FB Fringe Benefits
  • FBO Federal Business Opportunities
  • FCC Federal Communications Commission
  • FDA Food and Drug Administration (PHS)
  • FDP Federal Demonstration Partnership (previously Florida Demonstration Project)
  • FEDIX Federal Information Exchange (Multi-agency)
  • FFMIA Federal Financial Management Improvement Act
  • FFP Firm Fixed Price Contract
  • FIC Federal Highway Administration
  • FIC John E. Fogarty International Center (NIH)
  • FlCC Federal Interagency Coordinating Council
  • FIBSE Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education
  • FIRST First Independent Research Support and Transition Award (NIH R-29)
  • FOIA Freedom of Information Act
  • FOS Funding Opportunities Search
  • FP Fixed Price
  • FPR Federal Procurement Regulations
  • FPR Final Proposal Revision
  • FSR Financial Status Report
  • FTA Federal Transit Administration
  • FTE Full Time Equivalent
  • FTP File Transfer Protocol
  • FTTA Federal Technology Transfer Act
  • FWA Federal-wide Assurance
  • FY Fiscal Year
  • GA General Administration
  • GAAP General Accepted Accounting Principles
  • GAO General Accounting Office
  • GASB Governmental Accounting Standards Board
  • GATT General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade
  • GM0 Grants Management Officer
  • GMRA Government Management Reform Act
  • GPG Grant Proposal Guide (NSF)
  • GPO Government Printing Office
  • GPRA Government Performance and Results Act
  • GPS Global Positioning System
  • GPS Grants Policy Statement
  • GSA General Services Administration
  • GUIRR Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable
  • HBCU Historically Black College and University
  • HCFA Health Care Financing Administration
  • HEA Higher Education Amendment
  • HHS Department of Health and Human Services
  • HIPAA Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
  • HIC Human Investigation Committee (now IRB)
  • HR/HI High Risk/High Impact
  • HRS A Health Resources and Services Administration (PHS)
  • HSC Health Sciences Center
  • HUD Housing and Urban Development
  • IACUC Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
  • IAEGC Inter-Agency Electronic Grants Committee
  • IBC Institutional Biosafety Committee
  • IC NIH Institute or Center
  • IDC Indirect Costs (now called Facilities and Administration Costs or F&A)
  • IFB Invitation for Bids
  • IFP Invitation for Proposal
  • IG Inspector General
  • ILA Improvement of Laboratory Instrumentation (NSF)
  • ILAR Institute for Laboratory Animal Research
  • IND Investigational New Drug Application
  • INS Immigration and Naturalization Service (now part of DHS most prior functions under BTS)
  • IPA Intergovernmental Personnel Act Mobility Program
  • IPO Intellectual Property Office
  • IRB Institutional Review Board (Human Subjects)
  • IREX International Research and Exchanges Board
  • IRG Initial Review Group (now SRG)
  • IRIS Online funding source system from University of Illinois
  • IRS Internal Revenue Service
  • IR&D Independent Research and Development
  • ITAR International Traffic In Arms Regulations
  • ITB Invitation to Bid
  • LAR Laboratory Animal Resources
  • LOC Limitation of Cost
  • LSAS Labor Surplus Area
  • MARC Minority Access to Research Careers Program (NIH)
  • MBE Minority Business Enterprise
  • MBRS Minority Biomedical Research Support Program (NIH)
  • MERIT Method to Extend Research in Time Award (NIH R-37)
  • MOU Memorandum of Understanding
  • MTA Material Transfer Agreement
  • MTDC Modified Total Direct Costs
  • MYE Man Year Equivalent
  • NACUBO National Association of College and University Business Officers
  • NAFTA North American Free Trade Agreement
  • NAS National Academy of Sciences
  • NASA National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • NASULGC National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges
  • NBS National Bureau of Standards (now National Institute of Standards & Technology)
  • NCCAM National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NIH)
  • NCE No Cost Extension
  • NCHSR National Center for Health Services Research
  • NCI National Cancer Institute (NIH)
  • NCMHD National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIH)
  • NCRR National Center for Research Resources (NIH)
  • 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)
  • NFAH National Foundation on the Arts and Humanities
  • NGA Notice of Grant Award
  • NHGRI National Human Genome Research Institute (NIH)
  • NHLBl National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NIH)
  • NHTSA National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (DOT)
  • NIA National Institute on Aging (NIH)
  • NIAAA National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIH)
  • NIAID National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIH)
  • NIAlMS National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIH)
  • NIBIB National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (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 Communication Disorders (NIH)
  • NlDCR National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIH)
  • NIDDK National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIH)
  • NIDDR National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED)
  • NIDR National Institute of Dental Research (now NIDCR)
  • NIEHS National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIH)
  • NIGMS National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIH)
  • NIH National Institutes of Health (PHS)
  • NIHR National Institute of Handicapped Research (ED)
  • NIMH National Institute of Mental Health (NIH)
  • NINDS National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NIH)
  • NINR National Institute of Nursing Research (NIH)
  • NIOSH National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • NIST National Institute of Standards and Technology (DOC) (formerly National Bureau of Standards)
  • NLM National Library of Medicine (NIH)
  • NLRB National Labor Relations Board
  • NOAA National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (DOC)
  • NPR National Partnership for Reinventing Government (formerly National Performance Review)
  • NPRM Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
  • NPS National Park Service
  • NRC Nuclear Regulatory Commission
  • NRL Naval Research Laboratory
  • NRSA National Research Service Award (NIH/ADAMHA)
  • NSF/STIS On-time starching system of the National Science Foundation
  • NSF National Science Foundation
  • NSTC National Science Technology Council
  • NTSB National Transportation Safety Board
  • OASH Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (directs PHS)
  • OCR Office of Civil Rights
  • OECD Office for Economic Cooperation and Development
  • OER Office of Extramural Research (NIH)
  • OFCC Office of Federal Contract Compliance
  • OFP Office of Federal Programs
  • OFPP Office of Federal Procurement Policy
  • OH Overhead (Indirect Costs)
  • OHRP Office for Human Research Protections (DHHS) (formerly OPRR)
  • OIG Office of the Inspector General
  • OIRA Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OMB)
  • OLAW Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (NIH)
  • OMB Office of Management and Budget
  • ONR Office of Naval Research
  • OPAS Organizational Prior Approval System
  • OPERA Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration (NIH)
  • OPRR Office for Protection from Research Risks (now OHRP)
  • ORI Office of Research Integrity (HHS)
  • OSHA Occupational Safety and Health Administration
  • OSA Other Sponsored Activities
  • OSTP Office of Science and Technology Policy
  • OTA Office of Technology Assessment
  • PA Program Announcement
  • PCAST President's Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology
  • PDF Portable Document Format
  • PETA People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals Public Health Service
  • PHI Protected Health Information
  • PHS Public Health Service
  • PI Principal Investigator
  • PL Public Law (e.g. P.L 92-255)
  • PLA Patent License Agreement
  • PMS Payment Management System
  • PO Program Official
  • PP Project Period
  • PPO Preliminary Proposal Opportunity
  • PRD Presidential Review Directive
  • PRDA Program Research and Development Announcement (contracts)
  • PSA Physician Scientist Award (NIH)
  • PTO Patent and Trademark Office
  • PYE Person Year Equivalent
  • PYI Presidential Young Investigator (NSF)
  • R01 Activity code designation for a traditional NIH research grant
  • RA Research Administrator
  • RAR Research Animal Resources
  • RCDA Research Career Development Award (NIH)
  • RCMS Research Careers for Minority Scholars (NSF)
  • RDNA Recombinant DNA
  • RFA Request for Applications
  • RFP Request for Proposal
  • RFQ Request for Qualifications or Request for Quotations
  • ROA Research Opportunity Award (NSF)
  • RPG Research Project Grant
  • S&W Salaries and Wages
  • S&W+B Salaries and Wages plus Benefits
  • SBA Small Business Administration
  • SBIR Small Business Innovation Research
  • SBU Sensitive But Unclassified
  • SCOR Specialized Centers of Research (NlH)
  • SEP Special Emphasis Panel
  • SERCA Special Emphasis Research Center Awards (NIH)
  • SEVIS Student & Exchange Visitor Information System (INS tracking system for foreign students)
  • SF Standard Form
  • SFI Significant Financial Interest
  • SIG Shared Instrumentation Grant (NIH)
  • SNAP Streamlined Noncompeting Award Process
  • SOW Statement of Work
  • SPA Sponsored Program Administration
  • SPIN Sponsored Programs Information Network (funding information system from InfoEd)
  • SRA Society of Research Administrators
  • SRA Scientific Review Administrator
  • SRG Scientific Review Group (formerly IRG)
  • SSA Social Security Administration
  • SSA Division of Science Resources Studies
  • SSRC Social Science Research Council
  • STI Office of Science and Technology Infrastructure
  • STIS Science and Technology Information SYSTEM (NSF)
  • STTR Small Business Technology Transfer
  • TDC Total Direct Costs
  • TOA Task Order Agreement
  • TVA Tennessee Valley Authority
  • UBIT Unrelated Business Income Tax
  • UCA Utility Cost Adjustment
  • USACOE United States Army Corps of Engineers
  • USAF United States Air Force
  • USC United States Code
  • USDA United States Department of Agriculture
  • USGS United States Geological Survey
  • USIA United States Information Agency
  • USN United States Navy
  • VA Veterans Administration
  • VAN Veterans Administration Hospital
  • WHO World Health Organization

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