Moving Forward, A Step at a Time

September 20, 2013 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

people-walking-in-the-streets-1427382-mThe Research Performance Progress Report, which three federal agencies began using this year, is now ready to take the next step. Wait, let me clarify that — TEST the next step.

National Institutes of Health has invited members of the Federal Demonstration Partnership to participate in the NIH Research Performance Progress Report  Phase II pilot beginning Oct. 18. NIH in May required the use of the RPPR module for streamlined noncompeting award process (SNAP) and fellowship awards.  The new pilot includes all non-SNAP awards that entail detailed budgets.

NIH is encouraging institutions to consider submitting the RPPR for non-SNAP progress reports due between Nov. 1, 2013 and Feb. 1, 2014. Institutions participating in the pilot will use 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.

If the pilot is successful, NIH seeks to begin requiring all grantee institutions on Aug. 1, 2014, to use the RPPR for non-SNAP progress reports for fiscal year 2015 noncompeting continuation progress reports. Additional information and resources on the RPPR can be found on the eRA Commons page.

NIH also will offer a training webinar to FDP institutions participating in the Phase II pilot on Oct. 22 from 1 to 3 p.m. Eastern Time. It is essentially designed for those individuals who are responsible for completing and submitting progress reports to NIH through the eRA Commons.  Because space is limited, these institutions are advised to register now to reserve their seat in the webinar here.

The RPPR has been in the works for many years. It’s good to see agencies working with institutions to make this process work better.

Let us know what you think of the RPPR. Is its helpful or more burdensome for you? We’d like to know.

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