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NIH eRA Enhancements - System Down October 18th

Posted on October 16, 2012 at 7:17am

eRA Enhancements: Highlights of Updates & Scheduled Downtime for Thursday, October 18

Tuesday, October 16, 2012


Highlights of eRA’s October Software Release

The following are highlights of eRA’s upcoming October 18-19 system-wide software release.


·         Use of Research Performance Progress Report  (RPPR) Expanded

The use of RPPR is extended to all SNAP eligible progress reports and all Fellowships (F activity codes).  For more information about RPPR, please visit the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) web page.


·         Progress Report Additional Materials (PRAM) Included in RPPR

The Progress Report Additional Materials (PRAM) feature provides a means for the grantee to enter, review, and submit information in response to specific request(s) from NIH for additional materials or in response to non-compliant publications following the submission of an RPPR.


·         Principal Investigator (PI) Status Screen Updates

A new status screen for Principal Investigators (PIs) will be included in the release.  The new interface will be more consistent with the screen Signing Officials see.  It will let the PI see all errors and warnings from submissions even after the application has moved forward in the review process.


·         xTrain Updates

There are several changes coming to xTrain in this release. The major improvements are:

o    Fixes the PDFs of xTrain appointments to ensure that important data and signatures are included.

o    Enables the termination of appointments and fellowships when there is a change of institution. The name of the new institution, project title (if it has changed) and appropriate Business Official will be listed on the Termination Notice User Interface and PDF.

o    In the near future, PDFs of xTrain appointments that are missing important data and signatures will be regenerated with all the correct information.


Scheduled Downtime for October Release:

Please note that the eRA Commons will be unavailable from 9 p.m. (ET), Thursday, October 18 until 7 a.m. (ET) Friday, October 19 for deployment.


Joe Schumaker

eRA Communications

Division of Communications and Outreach

NIH Office of Extramural Research


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