Changes coming to NIH progress reports

OHSU is participating in a pilot reporting program for the NIH. This won’t impact many of you yet, except that two buttons will now be available for you to choose from in NIH Commons: eSNAP and RPPR (the new reporting system). Please select the eSNAP option, not RPPR. Deborah Golden-Eppelein, director of Research Grant & Contracts, has asked us to share the following message with you explaining the pilot and changes to the system. More information will be provided to you as it becomes available, but in the meantime, leave a comment below if you have any questions.

Dear colleagues,

Between November, 2012 and January, 2013, the NIH has been mandated by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to transition from their current progress reporting mechanisms of eSNAP and 2590 to a federal-wide reporting mechanism know as the RPPR.

OHSU is one of three schools participating in a live pilot to allow stakeholder feedback before the report is mandatory the national community of researchers. We, as well as our partners at NIH value this opportunity since it has resulted in meaningful changes to policy and process in the past where institutions and federal government agencies were able work together to ease the burden of implementing grant requirements.

However, our investigators and administrators may find that our participation in the pilot will pose some confusion to those logging in to start their progress reports. All progress reports eligible for submission through the NIH Commons now contain a link to choose the RPPR report. Although this action link cautions to only choose after consulting with your institutional signing official/administrator, we know it will be inadvertently selected in some instances. Unless Research Grants & Contacts, the department and the PI have mutually agreed to join the pilot, this option should not be selected.

We are currently piloting two reports due in the month of May and will slowly ramp up the number of progress reports we pilot. At present, we plan to recruit volunteers in greater numbers as we approach the mandatory implementation date which is yet to be finalized.  A perk in pilot participation provides a two week extension to investigators who choose to submit an RPPR with RGC assistance.  So, if your deadline is the 16th of the month for eSNAPS, you now have until the 30th.

Deb Golden-Eppelein
Director, Research Grant & Contracts