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COVID-19: Information from SPA/OSP/CGA

The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP), Contract and Grant Administration (CGA), and Sponsored Programs Administration (SPA) will be observing an extended holiday break from Friday, December 24, 2021 through Monday, January 3, 2022. OSP/CGA/SPA staff will not be working during this time and actions requiring our involvement (e.g. proposals, RPPRS, etc.) need to be submitted to the appropriate office by 8:00 a.m. on December 23rd.

Acronyms in Research Administration

Acronyms are used often in research administration.  Below is a list of more commonly used acronyms in the industry at MSU.  If there are suggestions to add to this list, please contact Erin Schlicher (schlic11@osp.msu.edu).

  • AN = Annual appointment (12 months)
  • AY = Academic Year appointment (9 months)
  • CGA = Contract and Grant Administration (Post-Award)
  • COI = Conflict of Interest
  • Co-I = Co-Investigator
  • Co-PI = Co-Principal Investigator
  • DHHS = Department of Health & Human Services
  • DUNS = Data Universal Numbering System
  • F&A = Facilities & Administrative cost/rate
  • FOA = Funding Opportunity Announcement
  • FO = Funding Opportunity
  • IDC = Indirect Cost
  • KC = Kuali Coeus (Research Administration System)
  • MTDC = Modified Total Direct Costs
  • NICRA = Negotiated Indirect Cost Rate Agreement
  • OR&I = Office of Research and Innovation (formerly OSVPRI and OVPRGS)
  • OSP = Office of Sponsored Programs (Pre-Award)
  • OSVPRI: Office of the Senior Vice President for Research and Innovation (formerly OVPRGS), former name for the Office of Research and Innovation
  • OVPRGS = Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies (also VPRGS), former name for the Office of Research and Innovation
  • PI = Principal Investigator
  • PD = Proposal Development document (in KC)
  • RFA = Request for Applications
  • RFP = Request for Proposal
  • SI = Specific Identification Method (for calculating fringe benefits)
  • SPA = Sponsored Programs Administration (oversees and supports OSP and CGA)
  • SU = Summer Salary
  • TDC = Total Direct Costs
  • TFFA = Total Federal Funds Awarded
  • UG = Federal Uniform Guidance

Synonyms

  • F&A = IDC = Overhead
  • FOA = FO = RFA = RFP = Solicitation

Common Agency Acronyms

  • DOD = Department of Defense
  • DOE = Department of Energy
  • DOJ = Department of Justice
  • NIH = National Institutes of Health (has 27 Institutes & Centers)
    • NCI = National Cancer Institute
    • NIAID = National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
    • NICHD = Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
  • NSF = National Science Foundation
  • SOM = State of Michigan
  • USAID = U.S. Agency for International Development
  • USDA = U.S. Department of Agriculture
    • NIFA = National Institute of Food and Agriculture
    • ARS = Agricultural Research Service

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