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Commonly-Used Acronyms

Federal Agencies

 AFOSRAir Force Office of Scientific Research (a branch of the U.S. Department of Defense)
 AFRIAgriculture and Food Research Initiative (competitive grants program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture)
 AROArmy Research Office (a branch of the U.S. Department of Defense)
 ARSAgricultural Research Service (the principal in-house research agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture)
 DARPADefense Advanced Research Projects Agency (a branch of the U.S. Department of Defense)
 DHSU.S. Department of Homeland Security
 DHHSU.S. Department of Health and Human Services
 DOCU.S. Department of Commerce
 DODU.S. Department of Defense
 DOEU.S. Department of Energy
 DoEDU.S. Department of Education
 DOIU.S. Department of Interior
 DOJU.S. Department of Justice
 DOLU.S. Department of Labor
 DOTU.S. Department of Transportation
 EPAEnvironmental Protection Agency
 NASANational Aeronautics and Space Administration
 NIFANational Institute of Food and Agriculture (formerly Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service [CSREES] of the U.S. Department of Agriculture)
 NIHNational Institutes of Health (composed of approximately 27 individual health-related institutes and centers, each with a specific research agenda, often focusing on particular diseases or body systems)
 NISTNational Institute of Standards and Technology (a branch of the U.S. Department of Commerce)
 NSFNational Science Foundation
 ONROffice of Naval Research (a branch of the U.S. Department of Defense)
 USDAU.S. Department of Agriculture
 USGSU.S. Geological Survey (a branch of the U.S. Department of Interior)

Grant-Related Terms

 AHAAmerican Heart Association
 BAABroad Agency Announcement (used by Department of Defense agencies to invite proposals)
 ERAElectronic research administration (online grant and proposal management)
 F&AFacilities and administrative costs (same as “overhead” or “indirect costs” in a grant budget)
 GCANDSU Grant and Contract Accounting Office (handles post award grant accounting)
 IACUCInstitutional Animal Care and Use Committee (university committee that reviews and approves all animal activities at an institution)
 IBCInstitutional Biosafety Committee (university committee that assures the safe use of recombinant or synthetic nucleic acids, infectious agents, human blood, bodily fluids and tissues and maintains compliance with federal regulations and university policies.)
 IDCIndirect costs (same as F&A costs—see above)
 IPIntellectual Property (inventions, literary and artistic works, and symbols, names, images, and designs used in commerce - products that can be patented or copyrighted)
 IRBInstitutional Review Board (for protection of human research participants; a university committee charged with review and approval of all research protocols involving human subjects)
 PAProgram Announcement or Parent Announcement (grant announcement or solicitation)
 PI or PDPrincipal Investigator or Project Director (generic terms for the lead person on a grant project; co-PI means co-investigator)
 PTFProposal Transmittal Form (used for NDSU internal review and approval of grant proposals)
 RCRResponsible Conduct of Research (RCR training is required by some federal grant agencies)
 RFARequest for Applications (similar to RFP; used by NIH)
 RFPRequest for Proposals (grant announcement or solicitation)
 RIOResearch Integrity Officer, person responsible for ensuring researchers are properly trained and research is conducted with the highest standards
 SPANDSU Sponsored Programs Administration Office (sometimes generically referenced by grant agencies as SPO—Sponsored Programs Office, or SRO—Sponsored Research Office)
 STEMScience, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

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