Guide to Services

Commonly Used Acronyms in Research Administration

AAALAC American Association of Animal Laboratory Accreditation Council
AAAS American Association for the Advancement of Science
AAMC Association of American Medical Colleges
AAU Association of American Universities
ABRF Association of Bimolecular Resource Facilities
ACM Association of American Medical Colleges
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
ANPRM Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
ARL Army Research Lab
ARO Army Research Office
ARDA Advanced Research & Development Activity
ARPA Advanced Research Projects Agency
ASAP Automated Standard Application for Payments
ATP Advance Technology Program
BAA Broad Agency Announcement
BPN Business Partner Network
CAS Cost Accounting Standards
CASB Cost Accounting Standards Board
CBD Commerce Business Daily
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
COS Committee on Science of the National Science and Technology Council
COSEPUP Committee on Science, Engineering and Public Policy
COTR Contract Officer Technical Representative
CPSR Contractor Procurement/Property System Review
CRADA Cooperative Research and Development Agreement
CRS Congressional Research Service
CSR Center for Scientific Review
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
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
EAR Export Administration Regulations
EARS Electronic Approval and Routing Systems
ebXML Electronic Business Extensible Markup Language
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
EO Executive Order
EPA Environmental Protection Agency
ERA Economic Regulatory Administration
ERA Electronic Research Administration
ETA Employment and Training Administration
EVS Equipment Visibility System
F&A Facilities and Administrative (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 I Florida Demonstration Project
FDP II Federal Demonstration Project
FDP III &IV Federal Demonstration Partnership
FEA Federal Enterprise Architectures
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
FICC Federal Interagency Coordinating Council
FIMA Financial Management System
FIPSE Fund for Improvement of Postsecondary Education
FISAP Fiscal Operations Report & Application to Participate
FMC Federal Management Circular
FN Foreign National
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
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 College and University
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
IACUC Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
IAEGC Inter-Agency Electronic Grants Committee
IBC Institutional Bio-safety Committee
ICC Interstate Commerce Commission
IDC Indirect Costs
IG Inspector General
IPA Intergovernmental Personnel Act
IPASS Interagency Panel on Advanced Science & Security
IPR Intellectual Property Rights
IR&D Independent Research and Development
IRAB FDP Initiative to Reduce Administrative Burden
IRB Institutional Review Board
IRIS An on-line 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
JCS Joint Chiefs of Staff
LSA Labor Surplus Area
M&O Maintance and Operations
  or Management and Operations Contractors
MBDA Minority Business Development Agency
MBE Minority Business Enterprise
MECA Midwest Conference on College Cost Accounting
MOU Memorandum of Understanding
MTA Material Transfer Agreement
MTDC Modified Total Direct Costs
NACCA National Conference on College Cost Accounting
NAS National Academy of Sciences
NASA National Aeronautics and Space Administration
NASULGC National Association of State Universities
  and Land-Grant Colleges
NCC National Coordinating Committee
NCI National Cancer Institute
NCRR National Center for Research Resources
NCST National Council of Science and Technology
NCURA National Council of University Research Administrators
NECA Northeast Conference on College Cost Accounting
NEH National Endowment for the Humanities
NGA Notice of Grant Award
NIAID National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases
NIE National Institute of Education
NIEHS National Institute of Environmental Health Services
NIH 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
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
NSDD National Security Decision Directive 189 (issued 1985)
NSF National Science Foundation
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
OFAC Office of Foreign Assets Control
OFCC Office of Federal Contract Compliance
OFM Office of Financial Management
OFR Office of the Federal Register
OHRP Office of Human Research Protection
OIG Office of Inspector General
OIRA Office of Information & Regulatory Affairs (OMB)
O&M Operations and Maintenance Costs
OMB Office of Management and Budget
ONR Office of Naval Research
OPM Office of Personnel Management
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
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
OTT Office of Technology Transfer (NIH)
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
PHI Protected Health Information
PHS Public Health Service
PIGABS Principal Investigator Grant Adminsitration Burden Survey (done by FDP)
PMS Payment Management System
PRD Presidential Review Directive
PROG Peer Review Oversight Group
PTO Patent and Trademark Office
R&R Reseach and Related
RAC Recombinant DNA Committee
RCR Responsible Conduct in Research
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
SBA Small Business Administration
SBU Sensitive But Unclassified
SBIR Small Business Innovation Research
SECA Southeast Conference on College Cost Accounting
SEOG Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants
SEVIS Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (INS for tracking foreign students)
SF Standard Form
SNAP Streamline Non-competing Application Process
SOW Statement of Work
SPA Sponsored Project Administration
SPAS Sponsored Project Administration System
SPIN An on-line search system for research opportunities developed
  by the University of New York (SUNY) System
SRA Society of Research Administrators
SRO Sponosored Research Office
STEP Science, Technology and Economic Policy Board
STP Science and Technology Policy
T&A Time and attendance
TBSR Total Business Systems Review
TDC

Total Direct Costs

U.S.C. United States Code
UBIT Unrelated Business Income Tax
UG Uniform Guidance
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
USDE United States Department of Energy
USIA United States Information Agency
USN United States Navy
VA Department of Veterans Affairs
WECA Western Conference on College Cost Accounting
WHO World Health Organization
XML Extensible Markup Language
YCC Youth Conservation Corps