Sneak Preview: Agencies Begin Requiring Grantees To Use RPPR

June 21, 2013 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

xgran_bookshot(The following was excerpted from an article in the Federal Grants Management Handbook.) The National Science Foundation has begun requiring its grant recipients to use the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) format, while the National Institutes of Health plans to implement it for many of its grantees in July, officials with the two agencies told attendees at a recent Federal Demonstration Partnership meeting.

Federal agencies providing research grants have developed implementation plans for converting to the RPPR format for research progress reports to improve consistency in the administration of federal research awards. It is intended to replace other interim performance reporting formats currently in use by those particular agencies.

NIH will require the use of its eRA RPPR module for submitting Streamlined Noncompeting Award Process (SNAP) and Fellowship progress reports for awards with start dates on or after July 1, 2013. It also can allow grantees to electronically submit additional materials when requested from the awarding NIH institutes and centers (ICs) through its Progress Report Additional Materials (PRAM) feature. The RPPR will replace the Public Health Service noncompeting continuation progress report (PHS 2590). NIH is continuing to develop the RPPR module for use with non-SNAP awards, including complex and training awards, and will determine an implementation timeline for those awards at a later date.

If additional materials are requested, the program director or principal investigator (PI) may access the PRAM link from the eRA Commons status page. The link will provide either the “public access compliance” option, the “additional materials requested by IC” option, or both, depending on which is applicable to the particular report.

Jean Feldman, head of the policy office in the Division of Institution and Award Support at NSF, said NSF rolled out its implementation of the RPPR format on March 18 for all NSF awards and organizations on its website. The RPPR format replaced NSF’s annual, final and interim project reporting capabilities at NSF’s FastLane website. is NSF’s grants management system that provides access to research-related information and grants management services in one location.


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