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  • Terms and Conditions

    Legal terminology contained in a contract that controls various aspects of the performance of the University and the sponsor.

  • Training

    For Training and Professional Development needs, start with Navigate,

    • aiM Higher The University of Michigan guided and self-study program designed to assist research administrators in preparing for the Certified Research Administrator (CRA) exam.
    • Good Clinical Practice U-M offerings to fulfill NIH-required training for study team members responsible for the conduct, management, and oversight of NIH-funded clinical trials.
    • Navigate: Fundamentals Course
  • Travel

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  • UBIT

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    Unrelated Business Income Tax. This is income from a trade or business, regularly carried on, that is not substantially related to the charitable, educational, or other purpose that is the basis of the organization's exemption.


    The former University Committee on Use and Care of Animals (UCUCA) is now the Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC). This committee is supported by the Animal Care & Use Office (ACUO) and works directly with U-M researchers to assure that all projects adhere to University policies and federal laws that require a review of projects for humane treatment and judicious use of vertebrate animals.

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  • ULAM

    Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine. ULAM provides animal housing facilities and veterinary care for animals on campus. It also educates students and faculty on the use and care of animals in education and research. See:

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    A resource for clinical studies at the University of Michigan can be found at and provides information and resources for both volunteers and study teams.

  • UMOR

    The U-M Office of Research (UMOR). UMOR has primary responsiblity for research policy, oversight of responsible conduct of research education and compliance, and oversight of administration and support of research activity by the faculty. 

  • Unfunded Agreement (UFA)

    Unfunded Agreement (UFA). Non-financial agreement with a sponsor, such as a Nondisclosure Agreement, Data Use Agreement, Material Transfer Agreement or Cooperative Research Agreement.

  • Uniform Guidance (2 CFR 200)

    Uniform Guidance (2 CFR 200): The Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards, effective December 26, 2014, replacing OMB Circulars A-110, A-21 and A-133.  See

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  • USC

    United States Code. The USC is a consolidation and codification by subject matter of the general and permanent laws of the United States. It is prepared by the Office of the Law Revision Counsel of the United States House of Representatives. 

  • Voluntary Transfers

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    All contributions (i.e., gifts and grants) to the University of cash, securities, or in kind equipment or materials, whether for the benefit of the entire institution or any of its sub-divisions which are not made under Material Transfer Agreements, are considered to be voluntary transfers and must be reported to the President and the Board of Regents (Section 3.05 of the Board of Regents Bylaws). The Office of Development (647-6000) is responsible for reporting all such contributions.

  • White Paper

    In the sponsored research world, a white paper is another name for a pre-proposal.

  • WHO

    World Health Organization. WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. 

  • Wolverine Access

    Gateway to UM administrative systems. See

  • X-train Module

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    The xTrain eRA Commons module provides PIs, university administrators, and trainees the ability to:

    • electronically process and submit appointment forms (the PHS 2271 Statement of Appointment form) and termination notices (the PHS 416-7 Termination Notice) associated with institutional research training grants and career development awards.
    • electronically prepare and submit T32 and T35 Statements of Appointments, and T32, T35, F31, and F32 Termination Notices.

    Questions about xTrain should be addressed to (a Finance-Sponsored Programs address for their who work specifically on the NIH NRSA training grants and fellowships.)