Office of
Research Services

Research Administration Definitions

AALAC – American Association of Animal Laboratory Accreditation Council

AAU – Association of American Universities

ACO – Administrative Contracting Officer

ADA – Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990

AFARS – Army Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement

AFOSR – Air force Office of Scientific Research

AFRL – Air Force Research Laboratory

ARL – Army Research Laboratory

ARO – Army Research Office

ARPA – Advanced Research Projects Agency

ASAP – Automated Standard Application for Payments

ATP – Advanced Technology Program

BAA – Broad Agency Announcement

BPN – Business Partner Network

CAS – Cost Accounting Standards

CBO – Congressional Budget Office

CCH – Commerce Clearing House

CCR – Central Contractor Registration

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

CLIN – Contract Line Item Number

CMIA – Cash Management Improvement Act

CNO – Chief of Naval Operations

CO – Contracting Officer

COGR – Council on Governmental Relations

Co-I – Co-Investigator

Co-PI – Co-Principal Investigator

COS – Community of Science

COTR – Contract Officer Technical Representative

CSR – Center for Scientific Review

CTSA – Clinical & Translational Science Award

DA – Department of the Army

DARPA – Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

DC – Direct Costs

DCAA – Defense Contract Audit Agency

DEAR – Department of Energy Acquisition Regulations

DED – Department of Education

DFAR – Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation

DFARS – Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement

DHEW – Department of Health, Education, and Welfare

DHS – Department of Homeland Security

DIA – Defense Intelligence Agency

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

DSMB – Data Safety Monitoring Board

DUNS - Dun & Bradstreet Number

EAR – Export Administration Regulations

EARS – Electronic Approval and Routing Systems

EC – Electronic Commerce

EDA – Economic Development Administration

EDGAR – Education Department General Administration Regulations

EDI – Electronic Data Interchange

EEOC – Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

EFT – Electronic Funds Transfer

EIN – Employer Identification Number

EO – Executive Order

EPA – Environmental Protection Agency

eRA Commons – Electronic Research Administration used by NIH, AHRQ, CDC, FDA, SAMHSA and the VA

ETA – Employment and Training Administration

EVR – Effort Verification Reports

F&A – Facilities and Administration (Rate or Cost)

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

FBO – Federal Business Opportunities

FCC – Federal Communications Commission

FCST – Federal Council for Science and Technology

FDA – Food and Drug Administration

FDP II – Federal Demonstration Project

FDP III & IV – Federal Demonstration Partnership

FEMA – Federal Emergency Management Agency

FRG – Faculty Research Grant

FHWA – Federal Highway Administration

FICC – Federal Interagency Coordinating Council

FIMA – Financial Management System

FMC – Federal Management Circular

FN – Foreign National

FOB – Free-on-board

FOIA – Freedom of Information Act

FR – Federal Register

FSR – Financial Status Report

FS&T – Federal Science and Technology Budget

FTC – Federal Trade Commission

FWA – Federal Wide Assurance

FY – Fiscal Year

GA – General Administration (Costs)

GAAP – Generally Accepted Accounting Principles

GAO – General Accounting Office

GASB – Governmental Accounting Standards Board

GATT – General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade

GMO – Grants Management Office

GMRA – 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

HBCU – Historically Black Colleges and Universities

HCF – Healthcare Foundation of Greater Kansas City

HCFA – Health Care Financing Administration

HHS – Department of Health and Human Services

HIPAA – Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act

HRSA – Health Resources and Services Administration

HSARPA – Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency

HUD – Department of Housing and Urban Development

IBC – Institutional Biosafety Committee

IACUC – Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee

IAEGC – Inter-Agency Electronic Grants Committee

IBC – Institutional Biosafety Committee

ICC – Interstate Commerce Commission

IDC – Indirect Costs

IG – Inspector General

IPA – Intergovernmental Personnel Act

IPASS – Interagency Panel on Advanced Science and Security

IPR – Intellectual Property Rights

IR&D – Independent Research and Development

IRAB – FDP Initiative to Reduce Administrative Burden

IRB – Institutional Review Board

IRIS – An online search system for research opportunities developed by the University of Illinois

ITAR – International Traffic in Arms Regulations

ITMRA – Information Technology Management Reform Act

JAG – Judge Advocate General

JIT – Request for Just-In-Time information (NIH)

MARC – Mid America Regional Council

MBDA – Minority Business Development Agency

MBE – Minority Business Enterprise

MOU – Memorandum of Understanding

MTA – Material Transfer Agreement

MTDC – Modified Total Direct Costs

NAS – National Academy of Sciences

NEA – National Endowment for the Arts

NCI – National Cancer Institute

NCRR – National Center for Research Resources

NCURA – National Council of University Research Administrators

NEH – National Endowment for the Humanities

NGA – Notice of Grant Award

NIAID – National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases

NIE – National Institute of Education

NIH – The National Institutes of Health

NIJ – National Institute of Justice

NIST – National Institute of Standards and Technology

NLRB – National Labor Relations Board

NOAA – National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

NPS – National Park Service

NRL – Naval Research Laboratory

NSA - National Security Agency

NSB – National Science Board

NSC – National Security Council

NSF – National Science Foundation

NTSB – National Transportation Safety Board

OCR – Office of Civil Rights

OES – Office of Employment Security

OFM – Office of Financial Management

OHRP – Office of Human Research Protection

OIG – Office of the Inspector General

OLAW – Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare

OMB – Office of Management and Budget

ONR – Office of Naval Research

OPERA – Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration

OPRR – Office for Protection from Research Risks

ORA – Office of Research Administration

ORI – Office of Research Integrity

ORS – Office of Research Services

OSHA – Occupational Safety and Health Administration

OSP – Office of Sponsored Projects

OTT – Office of Technology Transfer (NIH)

PDF – Portable Document Format

PHI – Protected Health Information

PHS – Public Health Service

PI - Principal Investigator

PMS – Payment Management System

PS or PSRS – PeopleSoft Signature Routing Sheet

RCR – Responsible Conduct of Research

R&R – Research and Related

RDNA – Recombinant DNA Research

RFA – Request for Applications

RFP – Request for Proposal

RFQ – Request for Quotation

SAMHSA – Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration

SBA – Small Business Administration

SBIR – Small Business Innovation Research

SEOG – Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants

SNAP – Streamline Noncompeting Application Process

SOW – Statement of Work

SPA – Sponsored Project Administration

SPAS – Sponsored Project Administration System

SRA – Society of Research Administrators

TDC – Total Direct Costs

TIN – Taxpayer Identification Number

UM – University of Missouri

UMRB – University of Missouri Research Board

USA – United States Army

USAF – United States Air Force

USAID – United States Agency for International Development

USCG – United States Coast Guard

USDA – United States Department of Agriculture

USN – United States Navy

VA – Department of Veterans Affairs

WHO – World Health Organization