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  • MOD/Modifications

    During the project life-cycle, Awards can be changed for the following reasons:

    • Incremental Funding
    • Change to PI/Key Personnel
    • No Cost Extension
    • Budget Changes/Corrections
    • Supplements

    If ORSP determines that an Award Change Request should be a modification, ORSP will create an Award Modification. It will have its own ID (AWD000000-MOD000). The Award state will become Modification in Progress.

    Tracking Award Modifications

    In-progress and completed Modifications are listed on the Modifications tab in the Award Workspace. See the Modifications tab and Award Modification Workspace for more details.

  • MOU

    Memorandum of Understanding

  • MSRA

    Michigan Chapter of Society of Research Administrators

  • MTDC (Modified Total Direct Costs)

    Modified Total Direct Costs. The basis on which most U-M indirect costs are calculated (calculated as total costs minus equipment, tuition, patient care costs, and the portion of a sub-contract in excess of $25,000). 

  • MTF

    Materials Transfer Form

  • NASA

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration

  • Navigate: Fundamentals Course

    Fundamentals: Navigating research administration at the University of Michigan

    The Navigate: Fundamentals course is provided for U-M research administrators with zero to about two years of working experience. It consists of eight full-day instructor-led sessions with capstone projects to demonstrate success. There is a cost to attend. Learn more about the Navigate: Fundamentals course, and review our Frequently Asked Questions

  • NCE

    No Cost Extension


    National Council of University Research Administrators

  • NIH

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    National Institutes of Health. See:

    • U-M NIH Access Policy for Publications (ORSP Link)  Information on the NIH Public Access Policy and the use of the My NCBI's My Bibliography for managing eRA Commons and for complying with the Policy.
    • NIH electronic Research Administration (eRA) Guides and Documentation Excellent support for eRA Commons resources including:  Just-in-Time, ASSIST,  IAR,  RPPR, FCOI, FFR, iEdison (Invention Reporting).
    • Rock Talk Blog Gain a better understanding of NIH grants issues, and weigh in on current happenings that affect the extramural community with Rock Talk (link is external), the blog of Dr. Sally Rockey, NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research, who directs the Office of Extramural Research.
    • A fillable PDF worksheet with an extraction of some of the questions in FORMS-E for the SF424 forms set. This worksheet is intended to help Research Administrators (RAs) collect the detailed data and scientific questions they will need from their principal investigators (PIs) to more readily complete FORMS-E in the eResearch Proposal Management System. 
  • NIH Guidelines

  • NIH Public Access Policy

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    To advance science and improve human health, NIH makes the peer-reviewed articles it funds publicly available on PubMed Central. The NIH public access policy requires scientists to submit final peer-reviewed journal manuscripts that arise from NIH funds to PubMed Central immediately upon acceptance for publication.

  • No Cost Extension (NCE)

    A No Cost Extension (NCE) request typically to a funding institution, for additional time beyond the originally awarded grant end-date, to finish the scientific portion of a project. Requests for extensions are initiated by a Principal Investigator and are appropriate if additional time beyond the established expiration date is required to assure adequate completion of the original scope of work within the funds already made available. The fact that funds will remain at the expiration date is not in itself justification for an extension.

    The term for NCE, which is not longer in use, was NCTX for No Cost Time Extension. 

  • Non-disclosure Agreement (NDA)

    non-disclosure agreement (NDA) is a legal contract between at least two parties to share confidential material, knowledge, or information.  ORSP negotiates NDAs for research activity involving U-M and are completed via an Unfunded Agreement (UFA) form in the eResearch Proposal Management (eRPM) system.

  • NSF

    National Science Foundation

  • NSP

    Not Separately Priced. This is an acronym used in contracts for an item that is not separately priced (NSP), but the price is included in the unit price of another contract line item.

  • O&M: Operations and Maintenance Costs

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    O&M: Operations and Maintenance Costs

  • OCA

    Office of Contract Administration

  • OEM

    Original Equipment Manufacturer. A term used often by the Procurement, especially in reference to service or upgrades of equipment.