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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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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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  • Biosafety Containment Level

    A biological safety level (BSL), or biosafety containment level, is a set of laboratory safeguards (equipment, practices, security) designed to protect researchers in the laboratory, as well as the surrounding community and environment, from infection or contamination when working with biological materials and/or potential biohazards.  The containment levels range from the lowest risk of biosafety level 1 (BSL1) to the highest risk of biosafety level 4 (BSL4).

  • Blue Pages

    The Blue Pages are a directory ORSP created to help find Unit Administrative Contacts. If you're looking for a Research Administrator in your school, college, institute, or department, and/or you don't have access to eRessearch and do not know how to get started, the Blue Pages are a great place to start.

  • Budget Period

    The budget period is a subset of the total Project Period. For example, a project period may be 22-months and consist of two budget periods of 12- and 10-months.

  • Budget Reallocation Process (formerly 7471)


    IPad loged into U-M Wolverine Access with cup of coffee next to it.When you need to reallocate budgets on existing Projects/Grants (P/Gs), Finance now has Budget Reallocation Functionality, (which replaces the need for the old 7471 Excel spreadsheet). This went live on Monday, November 10, 2014.

    See also the form to Request for Sponsored Sub Project/Grant(s) along with the following tools to assist with using the processes:

    All of these can be found by navigating from:



  • 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 Weekly Call for Intent and Limited Submission communication. Interested parties declare their interest for a Call for Intent to Submit and/or submit competition materials for a Limited Submission competition.​ For 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.