FAS Research Administration Services

Acronyms and Nicknames

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Acronyms and Nicknames

CASB: Federal Cost Accounting Standards Board

COMS: Committee on Microbiological Safety--University-wide committee located at Harvard Medical School

COS: Community of Science. An on-line, researchable database of research funding opportunities

CUHS: Committee on the Use of Human Subjects, also known as the Institutional Review Board (IRB)

DCA: DHHS Division of Cost Allocation

DHHS: Federal Department of Health and Human Services

DS-2: Disclosure Statement, http://vpf-web.harvard.edu/osp/quick_links/costanlysis.php

ESCRO: Embryonic Stem Cell Research Oversight: http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~research/approvals/escro.html

FAS: Faculty of Arts and Sciences, http://www.fas.harvard.edu/home/

F&A: Facilities & Administrative Cost Rate. Also known as the indirect cost rate or "overhead."

FASERS: FAS Effort Reporting System asperin.fas.harvard.edu/fasers.html

FDO: Foundation Directory Online. An on-line, researchable database of foundation funding opportunities. fconline.foundationcenter.org

GMAS: Grants Management Application Suite www.gmas.harvard.edu

Grey Book: the book entitled Principles and Policies that Govern your Research, Instruction, and Other Professional Activities, http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~research/greybook

IACUC: Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, is officially titled The Committee on the Use of Animals in Research and Teaching in the FAS,

IRB: Institutional Review Board, also known as the Committee on the Use of Human Subjects (CUHS)

NIH: National Institutes of Health, http://www.nih.gov/

NIMH: National Institute of Mental Health, http://www.nimh.nih.gov/index.shtml

NSF: National Science Foundation, http://www.nsf.gov/

OMB: Office of Management and Budget, http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/

OSP: Office for Sponsored Programs, http://vpf-web.harvard.edu/osp/

OTD: Office of Technology Development, http://www.techtransfer.harvard.edu/

PHS: Public Health Service (including NIH, NIMH, etc.), http://www.os.dhhs.gov/about/opdivs/phs.html

PIVOT/COS: PIVOT/Community of Science. An on-line, searchable database of research funding opportunities, http://bit.ly/rasfundingdb  

PI: Principal Investigator: the person in charge of the technical and financial aspects of a sponsored project

RAS: FAS Research Administration Services, http://fas.harvard.edu/research

SPIN: Sponsored Programs Information Network (SPIN) is an on-line, researchable database of research funding opportunities. http://bit.ly/rasfundingdb

UDO: University Development Office alumni.harvard.edu

UPAS: University Prior Approval System, a form no longer used. All approval requests must now be submitted via GMAS

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