Alphabet Soup: UI/DSP Acronym Directory

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(Note: You may also wish to visit the DSP Glossary site.)


  • AALAC: American Association for the Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care
  • AHA: American Heart Association 


  • CBD: Commerce Business Daily
  • CDA: Confidential Disclosure Agreement
  • CDC: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • CFDA: Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
  • CFR: Code of Federal Regulations
  • COGR: Council on Governmental Relations
  • COS: Community of Science
  • CSR: Center for Scientific Review (National Institutes of Health)


  • DEd: Department of Education
  • DEO: Departmental Executive Officer
  • DHHS: Department of Health and Human Services
  • DOD: Department of Defense
  • DOE: Department of Energy
  • DOI: Department of the Interior
  • DOT: Department of Transportation
  • DSP: Division of Sponsored Programs


  • EIN: Entity Identification Number
  • EPA: Environmental Protection Agency
  • ERA: Electronic Research Administration


  • FAR: Federal Acquisition Regulations
  • FDA: Food & Drug Administration
  • FIC: Fogarty International Center (NIH)
  • FY: Fiscal Year


  • GAO: Grant Accounting Office


  • HRSA: Health Resources and Services Administration


  • IACUC: Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
  • IRB: Institutional Review Board


  • MTA: Material Transfer Agreement
  • MTDC: Modified Total Direct Costs


  • NASA: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • NCCAM: National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NIH)
  • NCI: National Cancer Institute (NIH)
  • NCMHD: National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIH)
  • NEI: National Eye Institute (NIH)
  • NEA: National Endowment for the Arts
  • NEH: National Endowment for the Humanities
  • NHGRI: National Human Genome Research Institute (NIH)
  • NHLBI: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NIH)
  • NIA: National Institute on Aging (NIH)
  • NIAAA: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIH)
  • NIAID: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIH)
  • NIAMS: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIH)
  • NIBIB: National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIH)
  • NICHD: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NIH)
  • NIDCD: National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIH)
  • NIDCR: National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIH)
  • NIDDK: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIH
  • NIDA: National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH)
  • NIEHS: National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIH)
  • NIGMS: National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIH)
  • NIH: National Institutes of Health
  • NIMH: National Institute of Mental Health (NIH)
  • NINDS: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NIH)
  • NINR: National Institute of Nursing Research (NIH)
  • NLM: National Library of Medicine (NIH)
  • NRSA: National Research Service Award (NIH)
  • NSF: National Science Foundation


  • OMB: Office of Management and Budget
  • ONR: Office of Naval Research
  • OVPR: Office of the Vice President for Research


  • PA: Program Announcement
  • PHS: Public Health Service


  • RAH: Research Administration Handbook
  • RFA/RFP: Request for Applications / Request for Proposals


  • SAMHSA: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration
  • SPIN: Sponsored Programs Information Network  
  • SPRIE: Sponsored Programs Research Information Electronically


  • TDC: Total Direct Costs
  • TIC: Technology Innovation Center


  • USDA: United States Department of Agriculture


  • VPR: Vice President for Research
  • VPRER: Vice President for Research and External Relations

For additional information, please also see the Federal Demonstration Partnership's Grant-related Acronyms and Abbreviations: Index of Commonly Used Acronyms.