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New Features Coming to NIH eRA Commons

Posted on April 13, 2012 at 12:52pm

eRA Enhancements: New Features Coming April 19-20 for eRA Commons

Friday, April 13, 2012


Next week, eRA Commons will be unavailable beginning at 9 p.m. ET Thursday, April 19 until about 7 a.m. ET Friday, April 20 for the eRA system-wide software release.

New Features


·         Electronic submission of Change of Institution (Type 7) applications – This process allows an institution to turn over an active grant to another institution. It is an open pilot, meaning that you have the choice to use the electronic process or the traditional paper process.  There are two parts to the Change of Institution submission.  The institution holding the grant must complete a Relinquishing Statement through eRA Commons that states it is giving up the grant and identifies the receiving institution. The receiving institution must submit an application via Grants.gov using the Parent Funding Opportunity Announcement listed at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/parent_announcements.htm. Please look for an NIH Guide Notice next week.


·         Electronic submission of Successor-in-Interest (Type 6) Applications – Also in an open pilot, this process is similar to Change of Institution (Type 7) Applications.  It applies in cases where an organization is taken over by another organization through a merger or corporate change. Please look for an NIH Guide Notice next week.


·         Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) – The RPPR was sparked by a federal mandate to create a progress report in a standard format across federal agencies so that recipient reporting is standardized.  The RPPR begins as a limited pilot, with seven institutions volunteering to test the procedures.  We anticipate a wider pilot over the summer and going to full production in 2013.  Additional information can be found on the Research Performance Progress Report Web page and NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-12-083.


New Fixes

·         Various fixes for the Administrative Supplement (Type 3) system which is currently in open pilot.


·         A fix for users experiencing difficulties in adding the role type of “Other” to the All Personnel section of the eSNAP.



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