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ASC

Animal Science Center The ACS manages and oversees animal-related activities, including veterinary care, policies and procedures, personnel management, occupational health and safety, and design and management of BU’s animal facilities. Sign up for training to use the ASC facilities or learn more about animal care at BU.

AVMA

American Veterinary Medical Association The American Veterinary Medical Association is a not-for-profit association representing veterinarians. It advocates for and advances the science and practice of veterinary medicine to improve animal and human health. The AVMA develops and maintains educational standards for schools of veterinary medicine to ensure the qualifications and competency of graduates of the […]

AWP

Animal Welfare Program (AWP): The BU Animal Welfare Program supports the activities of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), and is responsible for facilitating compliance with regulatory requirements and institutional policies.

COI

Conflict of Interest Learn about BU’s Financial Conflict of Interest here.

Effort

The term Effort is used for persons charged to Sponsored Research. Effort is a reasonable estimate of the time spent on any University activity by a person, expressed as a percentage of the person’s Total University Effort.

F&A Rate

Facilities and Administrative Rate Learn more about facilities & administrative costs.

Full-Time Equivalent

A Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) is a unit of measurement that describes the workload of an employee in a manner that makes workloads across the University comparable. The workload that qualifies as “full-time” varies by position. The regular work week for a full-time employee at Boston University is generally 40 hours, with some full-time positions at […]

IACUC

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee IACUC oversees and routinely evaluates the animal care and use program. The IACUC functions include protocol review and post-approval monitoring. Learn more about IACUC.

IBC

Institutional Biosafety Committee The IBC is an institutional committee created under the NIH Guidelines to review research involving recombinant DNA and synthetic nucleic acid research. The IBC also reviews all research involving biohazardous materials and has overall oversight and responsibility for the Biosafety program at BU and BMC. Learn more about the IBC.

Incidental Activity Pay

Incidental Activity Pay includes salary supplements for a one-time activity with a duration of 4.5 months or less, honoraria, prizes, bonuses, and certain benefits that must be reported as “salary” for income tax purposes, but do not represent payment for work, such as tuition remission for graduate courses above an annual threshold, and salary in […]

Institutional Base Salary

Institutional Base Salary, or “IBS,” is annual compensation paid for a person’s appointment (9 or 12 months), whether that person’s time is spent on research, teaching, administration, or other University activities. This annual compensation is initially based on a University employee’s offer letter and is recorded in the “Info Type 8” field in SAP. IBS […]

NEIDL

National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories The NEIDL is part of a national network of secure facilities studying infectious diseases that are—or have the potential to become—major public health concerns. The laboratories are dedicated to the development of diagnostics, vaccines, and treatments to combat emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases. Learn more about the BU NEIDL.

PAFO

Post Award Financial Operations PAFO assists faculty and administrators with financial and compliance oversight of sponsored program accounts, financial reporting and billing, effort reporting, service center rate negotiation, and F&A rate proposals. Contact PAFO or learn more about managing or closing out an award.

PAR

Personnel Activity Report You can find details about Personnel Activity Reports under the Effort Reporting section on the Manage an Award page.

PI

Principal Investigator View Boston University’s policy on Principal Investigator Status.

RA

Research Administrator A sponsored programs team member who helps you navigate your pre-award and non-financial post-award needs. View a list of all Research Administrators to find your department’s RA.

RIMS

Research Information Management System Learn more and access RIMS here.

ROHP

Research Occupational Health Program ROHP is part of the Office of Research Compliance serving Boston University and Boston Medical Center and is focused on the health, wellness, and safety of the University’s scientific research community. ROHP promotes a culture of safety in research by utilizing comprehensive best practices to perform medical surveillance, workplace risk assessments, […]

RSC

Radiation Safety Committee The Radiation Safety Committee oversees the possession, use, and disposal of all radioactive material used for research, clinical, instructional, and service purposes within Boston University (BU), Boston Medical Center (BMC), and its affiliates. Contact the RSC.

SP

Sponsored Programs (SP) is the coordinating office for all pre-award and non-financial post-award needs. Contact Sponsored Programs.

Total Compensated Activities

Total Compensated Activities at BU includes both IBS and Extra Service Pay (Overload Compensation paid as part of additional University duties). For purposes of Effort reporting, Total Compensated Activities at BU is 100% Effort, regardless of the person’s FTE equivalent (for example, 0.5 FTE, 0.625 FTE, or 1.0 FTE). Total Compensated Activities, excluding Incidental Activity […]

Total University Effort

Total University Effort is the sum of all professional activity or effort for which a person is compensated by the University. It is not based on a “standard” work week.  If a person who is being compensated for a 100 percent appointment works 50 hours in a week, then 25 hours would represent 50 percent […]