Organization Names Authority List

* indicates a non-preferred term, which includes a link to the preferred term

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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 Preferred Term and Non-Preferred Term notation where the term following Preferred is the preferred term and the term following Non-Preferred Term 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 *
      Preferred Term: Harvard University. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies
    • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration *
      Preferred Term: United States Department of Health and Human Services. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
    • Mellon Foundation *
      Preferred Term: Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

    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.

  • 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)


NALP Foundation for Law Career Research and Education
Nathan Cummings Foundation
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Institute of Medicine
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
National Arts Journalism Program
National Association for Law Placement
National Association for Regulatory Administration
National Association of County and City Health Officials
National Association of Local Boards of Health
National Association of Science Writers
National Basic Research Program of China
National Bureau of Economic Research
National Cancer Institute*
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health*
National Center for Creative Aging. Research Center for Arts and Culture
National Center for Disaster Mental Health Research
National Center for Education Statistics*
National Center for Environmental Health*
National Center for Family and Marriage Research*
National Center for Family Literacy
National Center for Health Services Research
National Center for Health Statistics*
National Center for Injury Prevention and Control*
National Center for Nursing Research*
National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder*
National Center for PTSD*
National Center for State Courts
National Center for Victims of Crime
National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse*
National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities*
National Centre for Social Research (Great Britain)
National Chengchi University. Department of Political Science. Election Study Center
National Child Care Information and Technical Assistance Center*
National Consortium on Violence Research
National Council for Eurasian and East European Research
National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA
National Council on Aging
National Development and Research Institutes, Inc
National Endowment for the Arts
National Endowment for the Humanities
National Fund for Scientific Research (Hungary)
National Health Research Institutes (Taiwan)
National Heart Lung and Blood Institute*
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration*
National Institute for Early Education Research
National Institute for Integrative Healthcare
National Institute for Law and Equity
National Institute for Literacy
National Institute for Medical Research (Tanzania). Mwanza Research Centre
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases*
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases*
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development*
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases*
National Institute of Education
National Institute of Food and Agriculture*
National Institute of General Medical Sciences*
National Institute of Justice*
National Institute of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice*
National Institute of Mental Health*
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke*
National Institute of Nursing Research*
National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health*
National Institute on Aging*
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism*
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders*
National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research*
National Institute on Drug Abuse*
National Institute on Early Childhood Development and Education*
National Institutes of Health*
National Library of Medicine*
National Natural Science Foundation of China
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
National Opinion Research Center
National Opinion Research Center. Population Research Center
National Park Service*
National Research Foundation of Korea
National Research University Higher School of Economics (Russia)
National Resource Center on Domestic Violence
National Science Foundation
National Science Foundation. Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences
National Science Foundation. Law and Social Sciences Program
National Science Foundation. Research Applied to National Needs
National Taiwan University. Department of Political Science
National University of Ireland-Maynooth
NBC News
Nelson/Nygaard Consulting Associates
Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture
Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research
Netherlands Organization for the Advancement of Pure Research
New Jersey State Council on the Arts
New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation
New Prospect Foundation
New University of Lisbon
New World Symphony
New York City Bar Association*
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
New York City Police Department
New York Community Trust
New York Foundation for the Arts
New York Institute of Technology
New York Legal Assistance Group
New York State Office of Children and Family Services
New York University
New York University. Institute of Human Development and Social Change
Niagara University Research Council
NORC at the University of Chicago*
Northeastern University
Northwestern University
Northwestern University. Dispute Resolution Research Center
Northwestern University. Feinberg School of Medicine
Northwestern University. Institute for Policy Research
NPC Research
Nuffield Foundation (United Kingdom)
NYS Office of Children and Family Services*