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  • Call for Intent to Submit

    The Call for Intent to Submit process relates to the many Limited Submission funding opportunities that exist. We communicate both the Calls for Intent to Submit and the Limited Submissions in a single communication.To be informed of the opportunities we have identified, you can sign up for our Research Blueprint newsletter, which is distributed twice-monthly. Interested parties declare their interest for a Call for Intent to Submit and/or submit competition materials for a Limited Submission competition. For a comprehensive list of currently open limited opportunities, visit the UMOR Limited Submissions Homepage. Questions: contact

  • CAR

    'CAR' is an acronym for a Conflict of Interest (COI) Administrative Record that houses all the relevant COI information (e.g., final management plans, Financial COI reports due to sponsors, approved Regental Action Requests [RARs]) and indicates the status of the COI review and RAR approval, if applicable.  

  • Career Award/Career Development Award (NIH/NSF)

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    An award that allows significant programmatic flexibility to a senior investigator with a successful history with the agency or a junior investigator with high research potential.

  • CAS

    Cost Accounting Standards. Specific rules promulgated by the federal government to achieve consistent accounting practices for sponsored projects.

  • CCR (Central Contractor Registry)

  • CDC

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Certificate of Confidentiality

    A certificate of confidentiality (CoC) protects the privacy of human research subjects by prohibiting the forced disclosure of their individually identifiable, sensitive research information, records or data to anyone not associated with the research.  For details, see the U-M HRPP Certificates of Confidentiality webpage

  • Certs & Reps

  • CFA

    Call for Applications

  • CFDA (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance)

  • CFO

    Chief Financial Officer

  • CFP

    Call for Proposals

  • CFR

    Code of Federal Regulations

  • Chartfield

    Chartfields are the building blocks of the University of Michigan's financial reporting structure. The following Chartfield elements are relevant to Sponsored Programs, and provide a common framework for internal and external financial reporting and analysis. 

    The account is the beginning of a Chartfield string.

    Fund Code
    A Fund Code is a value that identifies the source and intended purpose of funds and how they should be spent.

    A Department is a value that identifies an academic or administrative unit.

    Alpha Programs are designed to be used by units throughout the university, and numeric Programs are generally specific to an individual unit.

    Class identifies the functional nature of an expense.

    Project/Grant is a value used to identify a specific pool of money or activity over a finite period of time.

    A Shortcode represents a string of Chartfield values.


  • Child Assent and Parental Permission


    Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences

  • Class Codes

    The class chartfield is used to denote the functional nature of an expense, which is essential for external and internal financial reporting. Codes should be used appropriately and consistently among like transactions. See this list prepared by Cost Reimbursement for the codes relevant to research and sponsored projects. Learn more about this topic and download class code definitions on the Finance website.

  • Clinical Trial Routing Form (CTRF)

    The Clinical Trial Routing Form (CTRF) allows study agreement contract negotiations to proceed in parallel with budget negotiations and regulatory approval.  The Clinical Trial Routing Form (CTRF) is typically required for all activity in 31200, Clinical Trial Site Activity and for investigator-initiated industry-sponsored clinical trials (in the Research class codes) when there is a draft agreement prior to a PAF routing.

    See ITS Clinical Trial Routing Forms Quick Reference Card teps to enter a Clinical Trial Routing Form (CTRF) in eRPM.

  • Clinical Trials Activity

    Clinical Trials is a type of "Other Sponsored Activity."

    Clinical Trials fill a key role not only at the U-M Medical School, but with the entire University research enterprise. To streamline the initiation of clinical trials, the Michigan Medicine Office of Research and the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects (ORSP) have developed a program where several steps in the trial contracting process have been clarified and made more efficient.

    A major component of the program is a Nondisclosure Agreement (NDA) template that can be signed by the school without routing to ORSP for negotiations if the sponsor agrees to the terms. This NDA is intended to expedite the process for exchanging and protecting a sponsor's confidential information prior to entering into a sponsored clinical trial agreement. Often the parties are simply exploring the possibility of a clinical trial that may or may not result in the University and sponsor establishing an agreement. The goal is to provide a fair and balanced NDA that protects the sponsor's information and also meets the needs of the University as a public body.

    Another important component of the program is the use of the Clinical Trial Routing Form (CTRF) which allows study teams to send draft agreements for the trial to ORSP for contract terms review prior to the routing of a PAF with final financial arrangements.  Further information on the CTRF is available.

    If you have further questions, contact a ORSP Clinical Trials Project Representative for information on Clinical Trial Agreements and Medical School Non-Disclosure Agreements.

  • Clinical Trials Studies

    Clinical Studies health research at the University of Michigan: