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NIH Requires Use of RPPR for All SNAP and Fellowship Progress Reports

Posted on April 25, 2013 at 1:57pm


NIH Reminds Grantee Institutions of the Requirement to Use the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) for All SNAP and Fellowship Progress Reports for Awards with Start Dates On or After July 1, 2013

Notice Number: NOT-OD-13-061

Key Dates

Release Date:  April 19, 2013

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National Institutes of Health (NIH)


Grantee institutions are reminded that they are required to use the eRA Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) Commons Module for submitting Streamlined Noncompeting Award Process (SNAP) and Fellowship progress reports for awards with start dates on or after July 1, 2013 (i.e., due dates on or after May 15, 2013, for SNAP awards and May 1, 2013, for Fellowships).  See the NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-13-035 for more information about the use of the RPPR for these awards.   Noncompliance with these reporting requirements will jeopardize the NIH’s ability to issue timely awards to the institution. 

Progress reports submitted in another format for SNAP and Fellowships will not be processed by the NIH and will require resubmission in the RPPR format. If a progress report for a Fellowship has been submitted on paper, the grantee must resubmit the progress report using the RPPR format.  If a progress report for a SNAP grant has been initiated as an eSNAP, the grantee must contact the eRA Help Desk (1-866-504-9552 or commons@od.nih.gov) to change the progress report format to the RPPR.  It may take eRA up to two business days to reset the progress report so the user can initiate a progress report in the appropriate format. 

Compliance Reminder

Failure to submit timely RPPR progress reports for SNAP and fellowship awards subject to this requirement may adversely affect future funding to the organization and/or awards to the same Project Director/Principal Investigator.  Accordingly, NIH may impose sanctions on institutions that fail to follow these reporting requirements.  Such sanctions may include, but are not limited to, corrective actions, removal of authorities, and/or delay or withholding of future awards to the project or program.


For general questions about using the eRA Commons:

eRA Commons Help Desk
Web: http://era.nih.gov/help/ (Preferred method of contact)
Toll-free: 1-866-504-9552
Phone: 301-402-7469
TTY: 301-451-5939
Hours: Mon.-Fri., 7a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
Email: commons@od.nih.gov (for Commons Support)

For inquiries about this Notice:

Division of Grants Compliance and Oversight
Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration
Office of Extramural Research
National Institutes of Health
6705 Rockledge Drive, Suite 350
Bethesda, MD  20892
Telephone: 301-435-0949
Email:  GrantsCompliance@od.nih.gov

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