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Grant/Contract Acronyms

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Grant/Contract Terms/Acronyms & FAQS

Grant/Contract Acronyms

A-21

OMB Circular A-21 Cost Principles for Educational Institutions

A-110

OMB Circular A-110 Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, or Other Nonprofit Organizations

A-133

OMB Circular A-133 Audits of States, Local Governments & Nonprofit Organizations

ACO

Administrative Contracting Officer

ADA

Americans with Disabilities Act

AO

Authorizing Official or Administrative Official (used by NIH eRA Commons)

AOR

Authorized Organization Representative (used by Grants.gov)

ARPA

Advanced Research Projects Agency

Bio sketch

Resume or curriculum vitae

CAS

Cost Accounting Standards

CASB

Cost Accounting Standards Board

CBO

Congressional Budget Office

CCR

Central Contractor Registration

CDA

Confidential Disclosure Agreement

CFDA

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance

CFO

Chief Financial Officer

CFR

Code of Federal Regulations

CO

Contracting Officer

COI

Conflict of Interest

COTR

Contract Officer Technical Representative

DA

Departmental Administration

DC

Direct Costs

DCE

Direct Cost Equivalent

DHHS

Department of Health and Human Services

DS-2

Disclosure Statement (under Cost Accounting Standards)

EARS

Electronic Approval and Routing Systems

EDGAR

Education Department General Administration Reg.          

EDI

Electronic Data Interchange

EFT

Electronic Funds Transfer

ERA

Electronic Research Administration

F&A

Facilities and Administrative Costs (formerly Indirect Costs)

FAR

Federal Acquisition Regulations

FASB

Financial Accounting Standards Board

FIFO

First In, First Out

FIMA

Financial Management System

FIPSE

Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education

FOIA

Freedom of Information Act

FR

Federal Register

FSR

Financial Status Report

FY

Fiscal Year

GA

General Administration

GAAP

Generally Accepted Accounting Principles

GAGAS

Government Auditing Standards

GAO

Government Accountability Office

GASB

Governmental Accounting Standards Board

GMO

Grants Management Office

GPG

Grant Proposal Guide

GPRA

Government Performance and Results Act

GSA

General Services Administration

GUIRR

Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable

HBCU

Historically Black College and University

HHS

Department of Health and Human Services

HIPAA

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act

ICR

Indirect Cost Recovery

IDC

Indirect Cost (currently referred to as F*A)

IG

Inspector General

IHE

Institutions of Higher Education

IRB

Institutional Review Board (Human Subjects)

IRIS

Online funding source system from the University of Illinois

M & O

Maintenance & Operations

MBE

Minority Business Enterprise

MOU

Memorandum of Understanding

MTA

Material Transfer Agreement

MTDC

Modified Total Direct Costs

NACCA

National Conference on College Cost Accounting

NCRR

National Center for Research Resources

NCURA

National Council of University Research Administrators

NGA

Notice of Grant Award

OFCC

Office of Federal Contract Compliance

OFM

Office of Financial Management

OIG

Office of Inspector General

OIRA

Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OMB)

OMB

Office of Management and Budget

PA

Program Announcement

PI

Principal Investigator

PMS

Payment Management System (DHHS)

PO

Purchase Order

PUI

Predominately Undergraduate Institution

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

SF

Standard Form

SOW

Statement of Work

SPA

Sponsored Program Administration

SPIN

Sponsored Programs Information Network (funding information system from InfoEd)

SRA

Society of Research Administrators

SRO

Sponsored Research Office

T & A

Time and attendance

T & E

Time and effort

TDC

Total Direct Costs

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