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Implementation of revised NIH progress report format 


The NIH announced plans for transitioning the format of the required progress reports to the new federal-wide Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR). The Office of Management and Budget and Office of Science and Technology Policy issued a policy requiring federal agencies supporting resesarch to utilize this new, standard report.

NIH will implement this new format using the eRA Commons only. Other PHS agencies affected are the FDA, AHRQ, and the CDC. The RPPR will replace the following forms:

  • PHS 2590 (PHS Non-competing Continuation Progress Report)
  • eSNAP module in the eRA Commons
  • PHS 416-9 (NRSA Individual Fellowship Progress Report)

NIH will begin pilot testing of the RPPR in April 2012 with selected institutions. As a participant in the Federal Demonstration Project, OSU will likely begin using the RPPR in summer 2012. NIH anticipates full implementation of the RPPR for those awards currently using eSNAP or the PHS 416-9 forms in 2013.

NIH has not yet determined when complex awards and those requiring non-SNAP will transition to the new forms. The RPPR includes a mandatory "Accomplishments" section, but NIH has not announced which other sections of the standard form will be required.



Posted on 12-Mar-12 by Gengler-Nowak, Karla
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