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eRA Commons - New Features Coming Thursday, November 7th

Posted on November 4, 2013 at 9:18am

eRA Enhancements: New  Features for eRA Commons Coming Thursday, November 7

Monday, November 4, 2013

 

Highlights of eRA Commons’s November Software Release

The following are highlights of eRA’s upcoming November software release for eRA Commons. This is just a sampling of the features being rolled out for this release and will be available Thursday, November 7, 2013; detailed information can be found in the Release Notes.

 

  • RPPR Open Pilot to All Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP) Institutions

The Research Performance Progress Report in eRA Commons will accommodate submission of non-SNAP awards, including multi-project (complex) and training awards, as part of a pilot open to members of the FDP. For more information on this, see NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-13-113.

 

Training for non-SNAP RPPR training originally scheduled in October has been moved to Thursday, November 14, 2013 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM EST.  For registration information on this training go to: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/800921518

 

  • BioMedical Workforce (BMW) Initiative Tied to  RPPR

Data from the new Personal Profile is used as part of the NIH initiative to track the diversity of the biomedical research workforce so that informed decisions can be made about training of the optimal number of people for the appropriate types of positions that will advance science and promote health. As part of the validation process for RPPR submissions, eRA Commons will provide warnings when information on the Personal Profile is missing from key personnel identified in the report.

  • Super Storm Sandy Reporting Link Now On the Status Screen

If you are one of the many institutions that received special administrative supplement funding as a result of the devastating effects of Super Storm Sandy, a link will now appear in eRA Commons Status screen to allow grantees to submit  quarterly progress reports to a new reporting site and view these submissions. Grantees currently have the ability to submit these reports only by clicking on a link in an email notification.

  • eRA Commons No Longer Accepts Full Social Security Numbers

As part of the ongoing effort to protect your information, the Personal Profile or any other data fields in eRA Commons no longer accept a full Social Security Number (SSN) beyond four digits.

  • NIH Review Roster URL Has Changed

The public roster webpage “NIH Scientific Review Group (SRG) Roster Index” that hosts the rosters for NIH review meetings has moved to a new, more secure technology that has been developed by eRA and has a new URL. The old URL, http://era.nih.gov/roster, has changed as of October 24, to http://public.era.nih.gov/pubroster.  Please update your bookmarks accordingly.

 

No Scheduled Downtime for November Release:

Because of the temporary government shutdown, the fall system-wide release that was scheduled for October 17-18 is being completed in stages. The initial steps were taken on October 30-31 during scheduled downtime. As a result, the features outlined above will be implemented without any downtime.  Users should see no disruption of services as these changes are put into place.

Joe Schumaker

eRA Communications

Division of Communications and Outreach

NIH Office of Extramural Research

 

Questions? Please contact the eRA Help Desk. Check out self-help resources on the Help page before submitting an online ticket; or call Toll-free: 1-866-504-9552, Phone: 301-402-7469, TTY: 301-451-5939; or email helpdesk@od.nih.gov. The Help Desk hours are Mon-Fri, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET

 

Help us improve our communications; send your suggestions and feedback to eRACommunications@mail.nih.gov or call 301-435-8185.

 

To read other recent articles and messages, please visit our Latest News page at http://era.nih.gov/news_and_events/index.cfm.

 

Check out the eRA Training pages for eRA Commons demos, presentations and FAQs

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