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Common Acronyms

Acronym 
Stands For
Notes
 A-110 OMB Circular A-110Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, or other Nonprofit Organizations
 A-21 OMB Circular A-21Cost Principals for Educational Institutions
 AO Administrative Official 
 ARRA American Recovery and Reinvestment Act 
 ATSDR CDC Partner Agency: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry 
 BAO Business Affairs Office (now University Financial Services) 
 CAS Cost Accounting Standards 
 CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 
 CFDA Catalog of Federal Domestic AssistanceClick here for a listing of CFDA numbers by program
 CFR Code of Federal Regulations 
 CLAS College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 
 CTDF Cost Transfer Documentation Form 
 DC Direct Costs 
 DHHS Department of Health and Human Services 
 DO Dean's Office 
 DOC Department of Commerce 
 DOE Department of Energy 
 DRA Departmental Research Administrator 
 EA Expanded Authorities 
 EPO Epidemiology Program Office 
 F&A Facilities and Administrative 
 FIC Fogerty International Center 
 FTE Full Time Equivalent 
 FY Fiscal Year 
 GAT     Grants & Agreements Team 
 HR Human Resources 
 IAA Inter-Agency Agreement 
 IDC Indirect Costs 
 IGA Inter-Governmental Agency 
 IIA Innovation and Industry Alliances 
 IP Intellectual Property 
 IRB Institutional Review BoardSee Research Integrity
 LDF Labor Distribution Form 
 MOA Memorandum of Agreement 
 MOU Memorandum of Understanding 
 MTA Material Transfer Agreement 
 MTDC Modified Total Direct Costs 
 NCBDDD National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities 
 NCE No-Cost Extension 
 NCEH National Center for Environmental Health 
 NCHS National Center for Health Statistics 
 NCHSTP National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention 
 NCI National Cancer Institute 
 NCID National Center for Infectious Disease 
 NCIPC National Center for Injury Prevention and Control 
 NCMHD National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparaties 
 NCRR National Center for Research Resources 
 NDA     Non-Disclosure Agreement 
 NEI National Eye Institute 
 NHGRI National Human Genome Research Institute 
 NHLBI National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute 
 NIA National Institute on Aging 
 NIAAA National Institute on alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism 
 NIAID National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases 
 NIAMS National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases 
 NIBIB National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering 
 NICHD National Institute of Child Health and Human Development 
 NIDA National Institute of Drug Abuse 
 NIDCD National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders 
 NIDCR National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research 
 NIDDK National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases 
 NIEHS National Institute on Environmental Health Sciences 
 NIGMS National Institute of General Medical Sciences 
 NIH National Institute of Health 
 NIMH National Institute of Mental Health 
 NINDS National Institute on Neurological Disorders and Stroke  
 NINR National Institute of Nursing Research 
 NIOSH National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health 
 NIP National Immunization Program 
 NLM National Library of Medicine 
 NOFA Notice of Funding Availability 
 NSF National Science Foundation 
 OD, CDC Office of the Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 
 OPAS Organizational Prior Approval for Spending FormPSU form to request Pre-Award spending once the sponsor communicates that the award is forthcoming
 OPE Other Personnel Expenses 
 PAR Personnel Activity Report 
 PHPPO Public Health Practice Program Office 
 PI Principal Investigator 
 PIAF Proposal Internal Approval FormPSU form that documents proposal information for the purpose of routing for internal review and approval prior to submitting to sponsor
 PO Project Officer 
 PSC Personal/Professional Services Contract 
 PTA Permission to Appoint 
 PTR Permission to Recruit 
 RAP Research Administrative ProfessionalSee Departmental Research Administrator (DRA)
 RFA Request for Funding Assistance 
 RFP Request for Proposal 
 RFQ Request for Quote 
 R&R Research and Related 
 RSP Research and Strategic Partnerships 
 SOW Scope of Work 
 SPA Sponsored Projects Administration 
 SRA Society of Research Administrators 
 S&W Salaries and Wages 
 TAF Travel Authorization Form 
 T&C Terms and Conditions 
 UFS          University Financial Services 
       
  
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