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Glossary

 

Certain terms and abbreviations are commonly used in the day-to-day administration and operations of research at NUHS and NUS. These include:

 

Term

Description

A*STAR

Agency for Science, Technology and Research:

 

A government-linked agency that charts the course for Singapore's Science and Technology. It comprises the Biomedical Research Council (BMRC), the Science and Engineering Research Council (SERC), the A*STAR Graduate Academy (A*GA), the commercialisation arm Exploit Technologies Pte Ltd (ETPL).

ARC

Academic Research Council:

 

A council under the Singapore Ministry of Education that aims to promote and support the national drive to strengthen Singapore's research and development capabilities in areas aligned with long-term national strategic interests.

BMRC

Biomedical Research Council:

 

One of the two councils under A*STAR that promotes, supports and oversees the public sector's R&D research activities in Singapore.

CMC

Comparative Medicine Centre:

 

A Centre that provides professional and technical service for laboratory animal care, veterinary medical services, and animal research project support for NUS' staff and students.

Co-PI

A project may have one or more Co-Principal Investigator(s) or Co-PIs. They may be NUS (internal Co-PIs) or non-NUS (external Co-PIs) researchers working under the project.

DSTA

Defence Science & Technology Agency:

 

The first statutory board to be set up under the Singapore Ministry of Defence (MINDEF). It is responsible for implementing defence technology plans, managing defence research and development, acquiring defence material and developing defence infrastructure for MINDEF.

FAR

Faculty Achievement Report Online System:

 

A platform that allows staff to keep a record of their performance indicators and achievements.

FRC

Faculty Research Committee:

 

A Faculty-level committee that reviews and awards research proposals.

FY

Financial Year:

 

NUS' financial year runs from 1 April each year to 31 March the following calendar year.

GST

Goods & Services Tax:

 

A levy imposed by Singapore government on goods and services rendered/engaged. There are two categories of GST, they are:

 

Input GST 

GST paid by NUS on business purchases and importation of goods, which is claimable by GST-registered person

 

Output GST 

GST charged by NUS to outsiders on a local supply of goods and services, which is to be accounted by GST-registered person

 


More information on GST can be found in OFS' Guidelines on GST.

HOD

Head of Department

IACUC

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee:

 

A Committee that oversees the care and use of animals for scientific purposes in NUS.

IRC

Indirect Research Cost:

 

Levied to meet the additional costs incurred by NUS in accepting externally-funded research projects/programmes. These expenses include administrative support and use of university resources and space. Read more about IRC at ODRPT's Policy on IRC Administration and Distribution.

ILO

Industry Liaison Office:

 

The office that manages all the University's intellectual property (IP) - whether generated or acquired. This includes receiving Information Disclosures (IDs) from Principal Investigators (PIs), filing patents, facilitating Research Collaboration Agreements (RCAs) and commercializing inventions.

IRB

Institutional Review Board:

 

A research ethics committee that reviews, approves and monitors the ethical aspects of all NUS research projects that involve human subjects and human tissues/cells/data. Its main objective is to protect the rights and welfare of human research subjects in research activities conducted by NUS students and researchers.

LAC*

Laboratory Animals Centre:

 

Now known as Comparative Medicine Centre.

MOE

Ministry of Education (Singapore)

MOE AcRF

Ministry of Education (Singapore) Academic Research Fund:

Comprises Tier 1 and Tier 2 funding. These funds are offered on a competitive basis and used to support promising research with a high potential for creating new knowledge that will benefit the larger academic community.

 

Tier 1 funds research projects within and across Faculties in NUS. Tier 2 supports larger research projects competitive between Singapore-based universities.

NRF

National Research Foundation:

 

Set up on 1 January 2006 as a department under the Prime Minister's Office to:

 

  1. Provide secretariat support to the Research, Innovation and Enterprise Council (RIEC), chaired by the Prime Minister;

  2. Coordinate the research of different agencies within the larger national framework in order to provide a coherent strategic overview and direction;

  3. Develop policies and plans to implement the five strategic thrusts for the national R&D agenda; and

  4. Implement national research, innovation and enterprise strategies approved by the RIEC, and to allocate funding to programmes that meet NRF's strategic objectives.

NMRC

National Medical Research Council:

 

A council under the Ministry of Health that oversees the development and advancement of medical research in Singapore.

ODPRT

Office of the Deputy President (Research & Technology):

 

A central administrative office that facilitates and develops research at NUS and establishes world-leading research programmes.

OFS

Office of Financial Services:

 

A central administrative office that supports financial services required by the University and its component units. Key responsibilities include financial planning, budget management, development of financial systems, financial control and reporting, and payroll administration.

OSHE

Office of Safety, Health & Environment:

 

Responsible for the development and delivery of the University's safety management system and programmes.

PI

Principal Investigator or Project leader. In most cases, there can only be one PI to a project.

RCA

Research Collaborative Agreement:

 

A document signed with external parties to facilitate collaborative research. Among other issues, the document details mutually agreed terms, intellectual property distributions and responsibilities of each party of the agreement.

RCE

Research Centres of Excellence:

 

Long-term investments, involving careful selection of world-class talent and aimed at developing a virtuous cycle of research excellence in local universities. These Centres will build upon the existing academic strengths and research competencies of the local universities and complement the principally mission-oriented programmes of A*STAR.

RIC

Research Institutes & Centres:

 

University-level Research Institutes/Centres undertake research and development in multi-disciplinary areas which cut across more than one Faculty/School.

RMS

Research Management System:

 

An online system developed to centralize the grant application and management process.

SERC

Science & Engineering Research Council:

 

One of the two councils under A*STAR that promotes, supports and oversees the public sector's R&D research activities in Singapore.

SPS

NUS Staff Research Publication System:

 

A central database that captures research publication records of NUS staff.  These include articles in journals, conference papers, books/monographs, theses, reports, etc.  Staff can create, update, delete, view and print their own records from the system.

TPV

Total Project Value:

 

Refers to the total funding approved/awarded by the funding agency to the research project

URC

University Research Committee:

 

A University-level committee headed by senior management and comprising representatives from various Faculties tasked to review and award research proposals submitted to MOE AcRF Tier 1.

VDR

Vice Dean (Research):

 

Faculty appointed staff who oversees all research-related activities in the respective Faculty/School.

WBS

Work Breakdown Structure:

 

An account created to record the income and expenditure of an activity/project of the department. More information on accounting structures is available at https://wws.nus.edu.sg/staff/ofn/financial/accountingcodes/wbs/index.htm


 

     

 

 

Commonly-used Abbreviations for Grantors & Programmes:

 

Grantors/

Programmes

Description

A*STAR

Agency for Science, Technology and Research

AcRF

Academic Research Fund

BMRC

Biomedical Research Council, A*STAR

BSP

Bayer Schering Pharma

CEPO

Clean Energy Research Office

CERP

Clean Energy Research Programme

CRP

Competitive Research Programme

CSA

Clinical Scientist Award

DIRP

Defence Innovative Research Programme

DSTA

Defence Science & Technology Agency

EAPSI

East Asia & Pacific Summer Insititutes for U.S. Graduate Students

EDG

Exploratory Development Grant

EWI

Environment and Water Industry Development Council

HSS

Humanities & Social Sciences

IDM

Interactive and Digital Media

IRG

Individual Research Grant

IRIS

Incentive for Research and Innovation Scheme

JRP

Joint Research Project

JS

Joint Seminar

JSPS

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

MDA

Media Development Authority

MOE

Ministry of Education

MRC

UK Medical Research Council

MWN

Material World Networks

NHG

National Healthcare Group

NIG

New Investigator Grant

NKF

National Kidney Foundation

NMRC

National Medical Research Council

NOL

Neptune Orient Line

NRF

National Research Foundation

NUS YIA

NUS Young Investigator Award

NZ HRC

New Zealand Health Research Council

OAP

Overseas Attachment Program

POC

Proof of Concept

PSF

Public Sector Funding

RISE

Researcher Investigator Scientist Enabler

SATA

Singapore Anti Tuberculosis Association

SBIC

Singapore Bioimaging Consortium

SERC

Science and Engineering Research Council, A*STAR

SICS

Singapore Institute for Clinical Sciences

SIG

Small Innovative Grant

SIgN

Singapore Immunology Network

SMF

Singapore Millennium Foundation

STaR

Singapore Translational Research Investigator Award

TCR

Translational and Clinical Research