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Thursday, September 12, 2013

NIH Opens the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) Phase II Pilot to Federal Demonstration Partnership Members

Notice Number: NOT-OD-13-113
Key Dates
Release Date: September 12, 2013
Related Announcements
NOT-OD-13-035 
NOT-OD-13-061
NOT-OD-12-083
Issued by
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Purpose
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) invites all Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP) members to participate in the NIH Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) Phase II pilot which begins following the October 18, 2013 eRA release. The pilot includes all non-SNAP awards which require detailed budgets.
Background
As of May 2013, NIH requires use of the RPPR module to submit SNAP and fellowship award progress reports.  NIH is now continuing efforts to implement the RPPR module for non-SNAP awards; please see details below.
RPPR Phase II Pilot
NIH encourages institutions to consider submission of the RPPR for non-SNAP progress reports due between November 1, 2013 and February 1, 2014.  Participating institutions may opt to use the RPPR for some or all non-SNAP progress reports. Participating pilot institutions will utilize the eRA Commons Status screen to initiate any progress report that will be submitted as an RPPR. Non-SNAP progress reports not submitted using the RPPR should continue to be submitted on paper using the PHS 2590.  The RPPR Phase II pilot for the RPPR module will be in production; a progress report submitted during the pilot will be an institution’s official progress report submission.  No test data or test database will be available for the pilot.
Assuming the pilot’s success, we anticipate, beginning August 1, 2014, requiring all grantee institutions to use the RPPR for non-SNAP progress reports for FY2015 non-competing continuation progress reports.
Additional information and resources on the RPPR can be found on the eRA Commons page at: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/rppr/.
RPPR Phase II Pilot – Training
A training webinar for FDP pilot institutions will be given by NIH staff on October 22, 2013, 1:00 – 3:00 pm EDT. The webinar is designed for those individuals who are responsible for completing and/or submitting progress reports to NIH through the eRA Commons.  Please register now to reserve your Webinar seat at:  https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/351474342.
Because space for the training webinar is limited (~1000 logins), institutions are encouraged to coordinate viewing the webinar centrally.  After registering for the webinar, a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar will be sent to the registrant.
System requirements for the training webinar include: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server (PC-based attendees); Mac OS® X 10.6 or newer (Macintosh®-based attendees); or iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet (mobile attendees).
Inquiries
General questions concerning using the eRA Commons and RPPR functionality should be directed to the eRA Commons Helpdesk at:

eRA Commons Help Desk
Web: http://ithelpdesk.nih.gov/eRA/ (Preferred method of contact)
Toll-free: 1-866-504-9552
Phone: 301-402-7469

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