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eRA Enhancements: Highlights of Upcoming Commons Release & Scheduled Downtime for Thu, April 18

Published April 16, 2013 by OSP

eRA Enhancements: Highlights of Upcoming Commons Release & Scheduled Downtime for Thu, April 18

Monday, April  15, 2013


Highlights of eRA’s April Software Release for eRA Commons

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


eRA Commons

  • The Expansion of Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR)functionality
    • Progress Report Additional Materials (PRAM) link on Status screen can appear in two formats:
      • Public Compliance PRAM
        • This link will appear on the Status screen upon submission of an RPPR with publications that are not in compliance with the public access policy (current PRAM functionality).
    • IC Requested PRAM
      • IC Requested PRAM link will appear when the funding Institute/Center sends a request for additional material, information or clarification concerning a submitted RPPR
      • The grantee will submit a response to that request through the eRA Commons
  • See Guide Notice NOT-OD-13-035 for more information about RPPR and PRAM.
  • RPPR is replacing eSNAP for SNAP progress reports and the PHS 416-9 for Fellowship progress reports
    • All SNAP and F progress reports with start dates of July 1st or later will be required to use RPPR
    • For SNAP awards the initiate eSNAP option will remain available until July 2013; however, this is only to accommodate reports due before May 15th that are late.
    • If you initiate an eSNAP for a report due on or after May 15th, contact the  eRA Help Desk so that the eSNAP can be removed and an RPPR initiated in its place.
    • Other small issues within Commons have been fixed.  See the Release Notes for detailed information on these fixes.


LikeThis  - Search Tool for Locating Funded Projects & Publications

  • Now retrieves publications from the MEDLINE Baseline Repository (MBR)
    • MBR is the U.S. National Library of Medicine's® (NLM) premier bibliographic database
    • Contains over 19 million references to journal articles in life sciences with a concentration on biomedicine
    • LikeThis users are now able to access a broader set of publications data
    • LikeThis is available as a link after logging into eRA Commons


Scheduled Downtime for April Release:

eRA Commons will be unavailable beginning at 9 p.m. ET Thursday, April 18 and will return to service by 7 a.m. ET Friday, April 19.

After the April Release, make sure to review the Release Notes for detailed information on the changes.

Joe Schumaker

eRA Communications

Division of Communications and Outreach

NIH Office of Extramural Research


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Looking ahead: RPPR required for SNAP and Fellowship progress reports in May 2013 (See NOT-OD-13-035)