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  • Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP)

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    The Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP) is a cooperative, non-profit association of federal research agencies, universities and the National Academy of Science's Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable aimed at reducing administrative burden on Principal Investigator and works to streamline the administration of federally sponsored research and to improve the federal/university research support relationship.


    The FDP was established to increase research productivity by streamlining the administrative process and minimizing the administrative burden on principal investigators while maintaining effective stewardship of federal funds. The National Science Foundation (NSF) serves as the official web host of participating agency documents relating to the FDP.

    Sometimes Federal-Wide Terms and Conditions (ORSP site) are referred to as FDP because they were first established by the FDP. Now, the latest version of the Federal-Wide Terms and Conditions are available and hosted by the National Science Foundation (NSF), but they impact all federal agencies.

    In addition to the basic provisions, each member federal agency has a supplemental set of agency-specific terms and conditions. A typical grant is actually covered by both the federal-wide Research Terms and Conditions (RTC/FDP) and the agency-specific terms and conditions. 

    See also: 


    Federal Systems Integration and Management Center (

  • FFATA: Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act

    FFATA: Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 or Transparency Act—Public Law 109–282, as amended by section 6202(a) of Public Law 110–252 (31 U.S.C. 6101)

  • Final Proposal

    A proposal in its final form that includes all of the sponsored-required documents and forms. It is ready to be submitted to the sponsor.

  • Finalized PAF

    A completed and signed PAF that includes the final proposal. The Project Team has performed the eResearch Management activity, "Finalize proposal for Submission to Sponsor."

    ORSP requires that the sponsor guidelines and the following finalized parts of the proposal must be attached to the PAF in order to complete its review:

    • Budget
    • Budget justification
    • Cover page
    • Draft abstract
    • Facilities and other resources
    • Subcontract budgets and signed letters of intent to participate
    • Certifications, Representations and Assurances
    • Any documents requiring an institutional signature

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    Fund for Improvement of Postsecondary Education. See:


  • FOA

    Funding Opportunity Announcement. This is typically for federal funding opportunities, that can often be selected in eRPM as a way to retrieve needed information for submissions.

  • FOIA - Freedom of Information Act

    Freedom of Information Act. As a public institution in the state of Michigan, the University of Michigan is subject to provisions of the state's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). See

  • Frequently Required Proposal Data

  • Fringe Benefits

  • Full Cost Recovery

    It is the goal of the University of Michigan to recover the full costs of each individual sponsored project where permitted by the established policies of the funding agency. Full costs are defined as those costs that reasonably can be associated with and allocated to a particular project. They include costs that are generally treated as direct (costs that can be readily and specifically identified with a particular sponsored project relatively easily with a high degree of accuracy) and indirect (costs that are incurred for common or joint objectives and, therefore, cannot be identified readily and specifically with a particular sponsored project).

  • FY

    Fiscal Year (ex. FY2015 or FY15)


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    Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need. A funding program in the U.S. Department of Education (

  • GAAP

    Generally Accepted Accounting Principles

  • GASB

    Governmental Accounting Standards Board (

  • GATT

    General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade

  • Gift

    A voluntary transfer of money or material goods from an individual or entity to the University without a return of commensurate value. It may or may not be given for any specific purpose. Gift funds from a private source do not provide a benefit to the donor, including results from a defined project.

  • GPG

    Grant Proposal Guide (NSF)

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  • Grant

    Funds or other property awarded by a sponsor to achieve a specific goal. A grant entails obligations to a sponsor, although they are less stringent than those in a contract.

    A grant generally is construed to allow greater discretion than a contract in the conduct of the research and to provide less specificity in the definition of the intended outcome of the research. While a grant is not as exacting in its provisions, it should be treated with the same respect as a contract.