The University of Chicago
The University of Chicago

Local Business Center, Division of the Physical Sciences

Commonly Encountered Acronyms

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AIO - Authorized Institutional Official
ANL - Argonne National Laboratory
ARRA - American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
AURA - Automating University Research Administration

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BO - Business Objects (also Desktop Intelligence or Web Intelligence)
BSD - Biological Sciences Division

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CDC - Center for Disease Control
COB - Close of Business
COI - Conflict of Interest

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DC - Direct Costs
DHHS - Department of Health and Human Services
DOD - Department of Defense
DOE - Department of Energy
DUNS - Data Universal Numbering System

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EIN - Entity Identification Number
eRA - Electronic Research Administration
eSNAP - Electronic Streamlined Non-competing Award Process

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F&A - Facilities and Administration (also overhead, indirect costs [IDC])
FDP - Federal Demonstration Partnership
FAS - Financial Accounting System
FOA - Funding Opportunity Announcement (also solicitation notice, see PA)
FOB - Freight on Borad or Free on Board, referring to the terms of shipping and payment of goods
FSR - Financial Status Report or Faculty Service Representative
FY - Fiscal Year
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G.g -
GEMS - General Expense Management System
GRA - Graduate Research Assistant

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IACUC - Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
IBC - Institutional Biosafety Committee
IDC - Indirect Costs
IRB - Institutional Review Board
ITS - Information Technology Services (formerly NSIT)

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JIT - Just in Time

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LBC - Local Business Center
LOI - Letter of Intent or Letter of Interest (see NOI)

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MTA - Material Transfer Agreement
MTDC - Modified Total Direct Cost

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NCE - No-cost Extension
NGA - Notice of Grant Award
NIH - National Institute of Health
NOI - Notice of Interest (see LOI)
NRA - Non-Resident Alien
NSF - National Science Foundation

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OMB - Office of Management and Budget

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PA - Program Announcement (also solicitation notice, see FOA)
PI - Principal Investigator
PDS - Post Doctoral Scholar
PPS - Purchasing and Procurement Services (formerly Center Procurement Services [CPS])
PSD - Physical Sciences Division
PTF - Proposal Transmittal Form (now obsolete)

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R&R - Research and Related
RA - Research Assistant (see GRA) or Resident Alien if in refernce to immigration status or Resident Assisant if in refernce to undergraduate housing
RFA - Request for Applications
RFP - Request for Proposals

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SAA - Sponsored Award Accounting (formerly Restricted Funds)
SOP - Standard Operating Procedure
SRA - Sponsored Research Agreement
SRO - Sponsored Research Office (see URA)
SSD - Social Sciences Division

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TA - Teaching Assistant
TDC - Total Direct Cost

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UCEC - University of Chicago Engineering Center
URA - University Research Administration (see SRO)

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George Herbert Jones Laboratory

PSD LBC Main Office

Jones Laboratory: 5555 S. Ellis Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637

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Eckhart Hall

PSD LBC Satellite Office

Eckhart Hall: 5734 S. University Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637

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Gordon Center for Integrative Science

Chemistry Business Center

Gordon Center for Integrative Science: 929 E 57th Street, Chicago, IL 60637

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