ICPSR Organization Names Authority List

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Organization Names is an alphabetical authority list of name forms for organizations listed in ICPSR metadata as funding agencies or as corporate authors/principal investigators. The following notes describe the structure and logic of the list:

  • This is a 'flat' list, there are no broader/narrower term designations, nor associative relationships. Organizational hierarchy (where it exists) is indicated within each entry as a string, beginning with the largest unit, followed by up to two sub-units of descending size.


    • United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. National Institute on Aging
    • University of Minnesota. Center for Urban and Regional Affairs
    • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice
    • Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. Research Division
    • Australian National University. Research School of Social Sciences
    • United States Agency for International Development. Ghana Mission
  • The only reciprocal relationship established refers to non-preferred and preferred name forms. This is designated with USE and USE FOR notation where the term following USE is the preferred term and the term following USE FOR indicates the non-preferred term. In the alphabetical list, all non-preferred terms are followed by an asterisk (*) which, when clicked on, will show the appropriate preferred name form to use.


    Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies *
    USE: Harvard University. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies

    Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration *
    USE: United States Department of Health and Human Services. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

    Mellon Foundation *
    USE: Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

  • For non-US organizations that do not include the country within the name itself (as in "Australian Institute of Family Studies", or "Estonian Academy of Sciences"), a parenthetic qualifier has been added to the end of the organization name to identify the country.


    • Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science (Netherlands)
    • Social Science Research Council (United Kingdom)
    • Fritz Thyssen Stiftung (Germany)
    • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (Canada)
    • Ajinomoto (Japan)
  • United States organization names are listed without the addition of the country qualifier noted above.

  • Acronyms are not used as organization names, nor are they included in the established name form. Acronyms are included only as non-preferred terms that will lead to the preferred name form to use.

  • Scope notes have been used where necessary to indicate organization name changes and time frame of operation, to provide restrictions on the application of a particular name form, and in some cases to direct the user to the appropriate name form.


    United States Department of Agriculture. Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service
    SCOPE NOTE: Established 1994. Replaced in 2008 by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). Do not use post-2008.

    Office of Educational Research and Improvement
    SCOPE NOTE: Abolished 2002. Replaced by new organization, Institute of Education Sciences. Do not use post-2002.

    Social Science Research Council (United Kingdom)
    SCOPE NOTE: 1983, name changed to Economic and Social Research Council. Do not use post-1983.
    USE: Economic and Social Research Council (United Kingdom)