Research Acronyms

There are a number of acronyms related to the Illinois Research Enterprise. The list below contains both institutional acronyms and research administration terms. This is a representative list—if you would like to suggest an addition, please contact Andy Olson at

Acronym Full Name
AAALAC Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care
AAAS American Association for the Advancement of Science
AAHRPP Associaton for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs
AAU Association of American Universities 
ACP Animal Care Program (formerly DAR and AACUP)
ACS American Cancer Society 
ACS American Chemical Society
ADA Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 
AERA American Educational Research Association
AFOSR Air Force Office of Scientific Research
AFRI Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (USDA)
AFRL Air Force Research Laboratory
ALMA Atacama Large Millimeter/Submillimeter Array
AMS American Mathematical Society
ANL Argonne National Laboratory (DOE)
AO Administrative Official
APLU Association of Public & Land-Grant Universities
APS American Physical Society
APS American Phytopathological Society
ARI Illinois Applied Research Institute
ARL Army Research Lab 
ARO Army Research Office
ARPA-E Advanced Research Projects–Energy Agency
AY Academic Year
BAA Broad Agency Announcement
BESAC Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee
BIP Background Intellectual Property
BMG Business Managers Group
BNL Brookhaven National Laboratory
BSL Biosafety Laboratory
CAM Campus Administrative Manual
CCC Campus Communications Council
CCO Chief Communication Officers
CCRC Chancellor’s Capital Review Committee
CFATS Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards
CFDA Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
CFOP Chart Fund Organization Program (Banner financial account)
CFR Code of Federal Regulations
CHAD Center on Health, Aging, and Disability
CHART Collaborations in Health, Aging, Research, and Technology
COD Council of Deans
COGR Council on Governmental Relations
COI/COCI Conflict of Interest or Conflict of Commitment or Interrest
CRADA Cooperative Research and Development
CRAWG Campus Research Administrators Working Group
CRB Campus Research Board
CSFA Catalog Accountability and Transparency Act (State of Illinois)
CV Curriculum Vitae
CY Calendar Year
Acronym Full Name
DARPA Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
DDDH Deans, Directors, and Department Heads
DFAR Defense Federal Acquisition Regulations
DHS U.S. Department of Homeland Security
DMDII Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute
DOC U.S. Department of Commerce
DOD U.S. Department of Defense
DoEd U.S. Department of Education
DOE U.S. Department of Energy
DOI U.S. Department of Interior
DOJ U.S. Department of Justice
DOL U.S. Department of Labor
DOT U.S. Department of Transportation
DRS Division of Research Safety
DUNS Dun and Bradstreet Number
EAR Export Administration Regulations
e-CFR Electronic Code of Federal Regulations
EFRC Energy Frontier Research Center
EIN Employer Identification Number
EPA U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
ERC Engineering Research Center
F&A Facilities and Administrative
F&S Facilities and Services
FAR Federal Acquisition Regulation
FDA Food and Drug Administration
FDP Federal Demonstration Partnership
FE Full Execution
FEMA Federal Emergency Managment Agency
FERPA Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
FFATA Federal Funding Accountability & Transparency Act
FISMA Federal Information Security Managment Act
FOA Funding Opportunity Announcement
FOIA Freedom of Information Act
FUA Facility Use Agreement
FWA Federal Wide Assurance for the Protection of Human Subjects
FY Fiscal Year
Acronym Full Name
GATA Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (State of Illinois)
GATU Grant Accountability and Transparency Unit (State of Illinois)
GCO Grants & Contracts Office (Post Award, Urbana)
GCP Office of Good Clinical Practice
GLP Good Laboratory Practice
GMP Good Manufacturing Practices
GOMB Illinois Office of Management and Budget
GPG Grand Proposal Guide (NSF)
GRA Graduate Research Assistant
HHS U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
HIPAA Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act
HRI Humanities Research Institute
IACUC Insititutional Animal Care and Use Committee
IBC Institutional Bio-Safety Committee
IBHE Illinois Board of Higher Education
I-Corps NSF Innovation Corps
ICR Indirect Cost Recovery
IDCEO Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
IDHS Illinois Department of Human Services
IDNR Illinois Department of Natural Resources
IDOT Illinois Department of Transportation
IEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
IEMA Illinois Emergency Management Agency
IEPA Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
IES Institute of Education Sciences
IGB Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology
IHSI Interdisciplinary Health and Science Institute
IMLS Institute of Museum and Library Services
INAD Investigational New Animal Drug
IND/INDA Investigational New Drug/Application
INHS Illinois Natural History Survey
IO Institutional Official
IP Intellectual Property
IRB Institutional Review Board
ISAS Illinois State Archaeological Survey
ISBE Illinois State Board of Education
iSEE Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment
ISGS Illinois State Geological Survey
ISTC Illinois Science & Technology Coalition
ISTC Illinois Sustainable Technology Center
ISWS Illinois State Water Survey
ITAR International Traffic in Arms Regulations
Acronym Full Name
JCAR Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (Illinois legislative oversight)
JIT Just-In-Time (Information)
JV Journal Voucher
LANL Los Alamos National Laboratory (DOE)
LBNL Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (DOE)
LLNL Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (DOE)
LSST Large Synoptic Survey Telescope
MOA Memorandum of Agreement
MOU Memorandum of Understanding
MTA Materials Transfer Agreement
MTDC Modified Total Direct Costs
NAGPRA Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act
NAS National Academy of Sciences
NASA National Aeronautics and Space Administration
NCAR National Center for Atmospheric Research
NCE No-Cost Extension
NCI National Cancer Institute
NCSA National Center for Supercomputing Applications
NCURA National Council of University Research Administrators
NDA Non-Disclosure Agreement
NDA New Drug Application
NEA National Endowment for the Arts
NEH National Endowment for the Humanities
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 Institue of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
NIAMS National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
NIBIB National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering
NICHD Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
NIDA National Institute on 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 of Environmental Health Sciences
NIFA National Institute of Food and Agriculture
NIGMS National Institute of General Medical Sciences
NIH National Institutes of Health
NIMH National Institute of Mental Health
NIMHD National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
NINDS National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
NINR National Institute of Nursing Research
NITR-D Networking and Information Technology Research and Development Program
NIOSH National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
NLM National Library of Medicine
NOA Notice of Appointment
NOA Notice of Award
NOAA National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NORDP National Organization of Research Development Professionals
NRAO National Radio Astronomy Observatory
NRC Nuclear Regulatory Commission
NRSA National Research Service Award (NIH)
NSB National Science Board
NSF National Science Foundation
Acronym Full Name
OBFS Office of Business and Financial Services (UI)
OCR Office of Corporate Relations
OHRP Office of Human Research Protection
OHS Occupational Health and Safety Programs
OIG Office of Inspector General
OLAW Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare
OMB Office of Management and Budget
ONR Office of Naval Research
OPD Office of Proposal Development
OPRS Office for the Protection of Research Subjects
ORAPD Office of Research Advising and Project Development
ORI Office of Research Integrity
ORNL Oak Ridge National Laboratory (DOE)
OSHA Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OSP Office of Sponsored Programs
OTM Office of Technology Managment
PA Parent Announcement (NIH)
PAPPG Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures
PE Partial Execution
PHI/ePHI Protected Health Information
PHS U.S. Public Health Service
PI Principal Investigator
PIRE Partnerships for International Research and Education
PNNL Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
POP/PEROP Period of Performance
PRI Prairie Research Institute
PTF Proposal Transmittal Form
RAPD Office of Research Advising and Project Development
RCR Responsible Conduct of Research
RFA Request for Application
RFP Request for Proposal
RFQ Request for Quotation
RPPR Research Performance Progress Report
SBIR Small Business Innovation Research
SBSRI Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Initiative
SEOC State Emergency Operations Center
SF424 Standard Form 424
SFI Significant Financial Interest
SIAM Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics
SNL Sandia National Laboratory (DOE)
SO Signing Official
SOP Standard Operating Procedure
SOW Statement of Work
SPA Sponsored Programs Administration
SPaRC Sponsored Projects and Research Compliance Working Group
SRA Sponsored Research Agreement
START Systemwide Tools for Administration of Research and Training
STC Science and Technology Center
STTR Small Business Technology Transfer
TDC Total Direct Costs
TTA Technical Testing Agreement
UCAR University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
UEO Unit Executive Officer
UG Uniform Guidance
URA Universities Research Association, Inc.
USDA United States Department of Agriculture
USGS United States Geological Survey