Commonly Used Research Acronyms

Northwestern Acronyms

  • ACUC - Animal Care and Use Committee
  • ASRSP - Accounting Services for Research and Sponsored Programs
  • CCM - Center for Comparative Medicine
  • CUFS - College and University Financial System
  • GDES - Grant Description Table (CUFS)
  • GRAT/S - Graduate Research Assistant Tuition Scholarships
  • IMG - Information Management Group
  • IRB - Institutional Review Board
  • NUORISN - Northwestern University OSR Research Information Systems Network
  • OCR - Office of Corporate Relations
  • OCRT - Office of Clinical Research and Training
  • OFR - Office of Foundation Relations
  • OPRS - Office for the Protection of Research Subjects
  • ORS - Office of Research Safety
  • OSR - Office for Sponsored Research
  • PRU - Primary Research Unit

Non-Northwestern Acronyms

  • A-110 - OMB Circular: Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals or Other Nonprofit Organizations
  • A-133 - OMB Circular: Audits of Institutions of Higher Education and Other Non-Profit Organizations
  • A-21 - OMB Circular: Cost Principles for Educational Institutions
  • AA - Animal Assurance
  • 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
  • ACO - Administrative Contracting Officer
  • ADA - Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
  • A/F - After-the-Fact
  • AFAA - Air Force Audit Agency
  • AFARS - Army Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement
  • AFOSR - Air Force Office of Scientific Research
  • AFRL - Air Force Research Laboratory
  • AID - Agency for International Development
  • ANPRM - Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
  • AREA - Academic Research Enhancement Award (NIH)
  • ARO - Army Research Office
  • ARPA - Advanced Research Projects Agency
  • ASAP - Automated Standard Application for Payments
  • ATP - Advance Technology Program
  • BAA - Broad Agency Announcement (DOD)
  • BHA - Bureau of Health Professions (HRSA)
  • 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
  • CDC - Center for Disease Control
  • CFDA - Code of Federal Domestic Assistance
  • CFO - Chief Financial Officer
  • CFR - Code of Federal Regulations
  • CFS - Committee on Fundamental Science
  • CIA - Clinical Investigator Award
  • 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 - Community of Science
  • COSEPUP - Committee on Science, Engineering and Public Policy
  • CPSR - Contractor Procurement/Property System Review
  • CRADA - Cooperative Research and Development Agreement
  • DA - Department Administration Costs
  • DARPA - Defense Advanced Research Project Agency
  • DC - Direct Costs
  • DCAA - Defense Contract Audit Agency
  • DCASR's - Defense Contract Administration Services Regions
  • DCE - Direct Cost Equivalent
  • 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
  • DRG - Division of Research Grants (NIH)
  • DRR - Division of Research Resources (NIH)
  • DRS - Division of Research Services (NIH)
  • EARS - Electronic Approval and Routing Systems
  • EC - Electronic Commerce
  • ED - Department of Education
  • EDA - Economic Development Administration
  • 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
  • ETA - Employment and Training Administration
  • EVS - Equipment Visibility System
  • F&A - Facilities and Administration (Indirect 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
  • FB - Fringe Benefits
  • FCC - Federal Communications Commission
  • FCST - Federal Council for Science and Technology
  • FDA - Food and Drug Administration
  • FDP - The Federal Demonstration Partnership
  • FDP I - Florida Demonstration Project
  • FDP II - Federal Demonstration Project
  • FDP III - Federal Demonstration Partnership
  • FECAI - Federal Electronic Commerce Acquisition Instructions
  • FEDIX - Federal Information Exchange, Inc.
  • FEIN - Federal Employer Identification Number
  • FEMA - Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • FFMIA - Federal Financial Management Improvement Act
  • FHWA - Federal Highway Administration
  • FICC - Federal Interagency Coordinating Council
  • FICE - Federal Interagency Committee on Education
  • FIMA - Financial Management System
  • FIPSE - Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education
  • FIRST - First Independent Research Support and Transition Award (NIH, R29)
  • FISAP - Fiscal Operations Report & Application to Participate
  • FMC - Federal Management Circular
  • FOB - Free-on-board
  • FOIA - Freedom of Information Act
  • FR - Federal Register
  • FS&T - Federal Science and Technology Budget
  • FTC - Federal Trade Commission
  • FTE - Full-Time Employee
  • 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
  • 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
  • HBCU - Historically Black College and University
  • HCFA - Health Care Financing Administration
  • HHS - Department of Health and Human Services
  • HRSA - Health Resources & Services Administration
  • HUD - Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • I/C - Indirect cost rate
  • IACUC - Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
  • IBC - Institutional Biosafety Committee
  • ICC - Interstate Commerce Commission
  • IDC - Indirect Costs
  • IG - Inspector General
  • IND - Investigational New Drug
  • IPA - Intergovernmental Personnel Act
  • IPR - Intellectual Property Rights
  • IR&D - Independent Research and Development
  • IRB - Institutional Review Board
  • IRIS - Illinois Researcher Information Service
  • ITMRA - Information Technology Management Reform Act
  • JAG - Judge Advocate General
  • JCS - Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • JIT - Just-In-Time procedures for FIRST and CAREER Awards
  • LSA - Labor Surplus Area
  • MARC - Minority Access to Research Careers (NIH)
  • MBDA - Minority Business Development Agency
  • MBE - Minority Business Enterprise
  • MBRS - Minority Biomedical Research Support (NIH)
  • MERIT - Method to Extend Research in Time (NIH, R37)
  • MOU - Memorandum of Understanding
  • MTDC - Modified Total Direct Cost
  • NAS - National Academy of Sciences
  • NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • NCC - National Coordinating Committee
  • NCD - Non-confidential disclosure
  • NCE - No-cost extension
  • NCHSR - National Center for Health Services Research
  • NCI - National Cancer Institute (NIH)
  • NCNR - National Center for Nursing Research
  • 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)
  • NHLBI - National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NIH)
  • NIA - National Institute on Aging (NIH)
  • NIAA - National Institute on Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism (NIH)
  • NIAID - National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Disease (NIH)
  • NIAMS - National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal & Skin Diseases (NIH)
  • NICHD - National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NIH)
  • NIDA - National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH)
  • NIDCD - National Institute on Deafness and Other Communicative Disorders (NIH)
  • NIDDK - National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Disorders (NIH)
  • NIDR - National Institute of Dental Research (NIH)
  • NIE - National Institute of Education
  • NIEHS - National Institute of Environmental Health Services
  • NIGMS - National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIH)
  • NIH - National Institutes of Health
  • NIJ - National Institute of Justice
  • NIMH - National Institute of Mental Health (NIH)
  • NINDS - National Institute of Neurological & Communicative Disorders & Stroke (NIH)
  • NIOSH - National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (CDC)
  • 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 - Nuclear Regulatory Commission
  • NRL - Naval Research Laboratory
  • NRSA - National Research Service Award
  • NSA - National Security Agency
  • NSB - National Science Board
  • NSC - National Security Council
  • 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
  • NYI - NSF Young Investigators Award
  • O&M - Operations and Maintenance Costs
  • OCR - Office of Civil Rights
  • OERI - Office of Educational Research & Improvement (ED)
  • 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
  • OMB - Office of Management and Budget
  • ONR - Office of Naval Research
  • OPM - Office of Personnel Management
  • OPRR - Office for Protection from Research Risks
  • ORA - Office of Research Administration (FED)
  • ORI - Office of Research Integrity (FED)
  • OSEP - Office of Special Education Programs
  • OSHA - Occupational Safety and Health Administration
  • OSP - Office of Sponsored Projects (FED)
  • OSTP - Office of Science and Technology Policy
  • OT - Office of Transportation
  • PAR - Professorial and Professional Personnel Activity Report
  • 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
  • PFF - Presidential Faculty Fellows (NSF)
  • PHS - Public Health Service
  • PI - Principal Investigator
  • PMS - Payment Management System
  • PPG - Program Project Grant (NIH)
  • PRD - Presidential Review Directive
  • PROG - Peer Review Oversight Group
  • PSA - Physician Scientist award (NIH program)
  • PTO - Patent and Trademark Office
  • R01 - Activity code designation for a traditional NIH/ADAMHA research grant
  • RDNA - Recombinant DNA Research
  • REU - Research Experience for Undergrads (NSF)
  • RFA- Request for application -
  • RFA - Request for Applications
  • RFP - Request for proposal
  • RFQ - Request for Quotation
  • S&W + B - Salaries and Wages plus Benefits
  • S&W - Salaries and Wages
  • SAMHSA - Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration
  • SBA - Small Business Administration
  • SBIR - Small Business Innovation Research
  • SDI -Strategic Defense Initiative -
  • SEOG - Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants
  • SERCA - Special Emphasis Research Center Awards (NIH)
  • SF - Standard Form
  • SOW - Statement of Work
  • SPA - Sponsored Project Administration
  • SPAS - Sponsored Project Administration System
  • SPIN - An on-line search system for research opportunities developed
  • SRA - Society of Research Administrators
  • 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
  • TTP - Technology Transfer Program
  • U.S.C. - United States Code
  • 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
  • USCG - United States Coast Guard
  • USDA - United States Department of Agriculture
  • USIA - United States Information Agency
  • USN - United States Navy
  • VA - Department of Veterans Affairs
  • WHO - World Health Organization
  • YCC - Youth Conservation Corp