Certified Research Administrator Exam

Activity Code
3-Character Code used to identify a specific catergory of extramural research activity, applied to various funding mechanisms ie R01, t32
Allocable Costs
Allowable Costs that benefit the grant or contract to which they are being charged
Application Types
Type 1 – New 2-Competing Continuation 3 – supplement 4-competing extension for R37 5- non-competing continuation 7-change of grantee institution 9-change of NIH awarding institute
A B C
Activity Based Casting – works by dividing large heterogenous cost pools into some smaller, homogeneous cost pools, then selects as the cost allocation base for each overhead cost pool a cost driver capable of best capturing the cause & effect relationship between the cost object ~ the occurance of overhead costs.
Application Identification Numbers
The application number identifies: (1)Type of Application (R01) Activity code (NS) org to which it is assigned (123456) serial number assigned by CSR (-01) suffix showing support year of grant, other information: supplement (S1) Amendment (A1)
Animal Welfare Assurance
Document an institution and all performance sites involving animals in research must have on file with the office of laboratory Animal Welfare before a PHS agency may award a grant or contract.
Amendment (amended or revised application
resubmission of an unfunded application revised in response to a prior review.
Bayh-Dole Act
A law encouraging universities and researchers to develop their inventions into marketable products
Bilateral Modification
Contract modifcation that requires signatrues of both the contractor and the contracting officer.
Budget Period
The intervals of time (usually 12 months) into which a project period is divided for budgetary and funding purposes.
Buying-in
Submitting an offer below anticipated costs, expecting to increase the contract amount after or recieve follow-on contracts at artificially high prices to recover losses incurred on the buy-in contract
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA)
A database which helps the federal government track all programs it has domestically funded (referred to as the CFDA number)
Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)
An annually revised codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register
Center for Scientific Review (CSR)
NIH Component responsible for the receipt and referral of applications to the PHS as well as the initial review for scientific merit of most applications submitted to the NIH
Christian Doctrine
GL Christian & Assoc VS US..1963 US FAR case which has become known as “christian doctorrine”. Standard clauses established by regulation must be read into every federal contract.
Clinical Trial
A biomedical or behavioral research study of human subjects designed to answer specific quesions about biomedical or bahavioral interventions (durgs, treatments, devices)
Close Out
a procedure to officially conclude a grant
Consortium agreement
A formalized agreement whereby a research project is carrid out by the grantee and one or more other organizations that are separate legal entitiies.
Contract Closeout
1) review contract data & confirm all deliveries accepted
2) Identify & de-obligate any excess funds
3) complete any price revisions
4) Ensure all subcontracts are settled by the prime contractor
5) Ensure all IDCs are settled
6) proper disposal of any classified info
7) contractor final closing statement & final invoice completed & audited
Cooperative Agreement (U Series)
A support mechanism used when there will be substantial Federal scientific or programmatic involovement
Cooperative Agreement
Type of award similar to a grant but in which the sponsors staff will be actively involved in proposal preparation, and anticipating involvement once the award is made. – Substantial federal scientific or programmatic involvement
Cost contingency
An amount aded to an estimate to allor for items, conditions or events for which the state, occurrence or effect is uncertain and that experience shows will likely result in aggregrate in additional costs.
Critical Path Method (CPM)
A critical path describes the sequence of project network activities with the longest overall duration. With CPM you want to construct a model of your project that includes a list of all activities required to complete the project the time it takes for each activity to complete and the dependancies between all these activitis…can be used to ensure that the logic of the plan is accurate….possible to have mulitple papallel near critical paths
Direct Costs
Costs that can be specifically identified with a particular project or activity.
DUNS
Data Universal Numbering System that is a unique nine digit number assigned by Dun & Bradstreet. Universal standard for identifying more that 92 million businesses worldwide
Electronic Research Administration (eRA)
NIH’s infrastructure for conducting interactive electronic transactions for the receipt, review, monitoring, and administration of NIH grant awards to biomedical and behavioral investigators worldwide. reg is required
Employer Identificaiton Number (EIN)
identification of a business to the US Internal revenue service also known and the federal tax identificaiton number. On SF424 form for grant application
Encumbrance Funds
A commitment to purchase something that has not yet been paid for.