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  • 7471 (Now called Budget Reallocation Process)

  • A-110

    Old term and circular for Uniform Guidance Financial Status Reporting.

  • A-121

  • A-133

  • A-21

    The former Office of Management & Budget Circular A-21 regarding federal cost principles for educational institutions. This is now referred to as Uniform Guidance Monitored Costs and can be found at 2 CFR 200.


    Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc.

  • AAR

    Agreement Acceptance Request

  • Accelerated Clinical Trial Agreement (ACTA)

    Accelerated Clinical Trial Agreement logoThe University of Michigan, with other industry partners and institutions, use the Accelerated Clinical Trial Agreement (ACTA). For those industry partners who agree to use the agreement (and the sponsor must agree to use it), it decreases contract negotiation time. The other steps, such as budget negotiation, proposal approval form (PAF) processing, and IRB review and approval are still required.

  • ACR - Award Change Request

    Award Change Request in the eResearch Proposal Management (eRPM) system.

  • Administrative Home

    The designated unit with overall responsibility for a particular proposal or project. Knowing the Administrative Home is particularly important in those cases where the Principal Investigator may have joint appointments.


    American Indian Health & Family Services

  • Allowable Costs

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    In addition to being allowable, direct costs must follow the usual guidelines of being reasonable, allocable, applicable, and consistently treated and must comply with U-M policy.


    When in doubt, please contact your Finance - Sponsored Programs Customer Service representative (see the Coordinator by Department list). 

  • ARC (Advanced Research Computing)

    Office of Advanced Research Computing. U-M’s ARC works to advance Cyberinfrastructure (CI) at U-M. CI refers to a platform of technological and human support for advanced, integrated computation and information resources in the service of research and learning. See

  • AST

    Administrative Services Transformation (Shared Services).

  • Award

    An award results when a proposal is funded by a sponsor and that sponsor issues a grant, contract or cooperative agreement to U-M.  When an award is granted by a sponsor, the research project work begins. It's time to set up the project and begin managing it through its completion or close out. 

    An email notification is sent to the principal investigator and the post-award administrative contact when the project/grant number is established.  This serves as notification that your project has been awarded and includes special terms and conditions associated with the award.  The notification also includes information such as:

    • Awarded amount
    • Project/grant number and ShortCode
    • Project period and budget period dates
    • Funding (direct, indirect costs)
    • Cost sharing, if any
    • Any special terms and conditions

    An award is accepted when the appropriate signatory for the university has signed the agreement and/or when you start spending on the project.  You can, typically, start spending on the project when you have received the email notification of project award AND you are within the project period.

  • Award Management Functionality

    A 2018 project to update the eResearch Proposal Management System (eRPM).

  • AWD

    AWD refers to the Award record in the eResearch Proposal Management (eRPM) System. When an award is first activated, a system-generated email is sent to certain project team members. It provides the AWD number that helps establish the project/grant (P/G) number in the U-M accounting system for the project.

    See Award Management functionality in eRPM.

  • B&F

    Business & Finance

  • BAA

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    Broad Agency Announcement. A research solicitation or funding notice used in particular by the Department of Defense.

    Also sometimes, Business Associates Agreements. A contract between a HIPAA covered entity and a business associate. It includes a requirement to spell out how data breaches will be handled.

  • BEC

    Business Engagement Center, industry "front door" for research, interns, philanthropy and other activities involving U-M, corporate relations.

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