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NIH eSNAP Changes on the Way

Posted Apr 18, 2012
PHS Implementation of the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR)

Notice Number: NOT-OD-12-083

Key Dates
Release Date: March 9, 2012

Issued by
National Institutes of Health (NIH)


The National Institutes of Health will implement the OMB Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) through a new eRA Commons module in the fall of 2012.


The Office of Management and Budget and Office of Science and Technology Policy issued a policy memorandum to the heads of executive departments and agencies on April 21, 2010, establishing the uniform RPPR for use by agencies supporting research and research-related activities.  The uniform RPPR will replace other interim performance reporting formats used by agencies.

The RPPR was developed by the Research Business Models (RBM) Subcommittee of the Committee on Science, National Science and Technology Council.  The RBM published the proposed draft RPPR format for public comment in the Federal Register November 9, 2007, and the final format on January 13, 2010.  Additional information about this process and the RPPR Final Format are available on the federal-wide RPPR website hosted by the National Science Foundation.

PHS Implementation

NIH will implement the RPPR as a new module in the eRA Commons.  NIH implementation also includes the following PHS agencies that use existing progress reports maintained by NIH: 
Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ),
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Implementation of the RPPR will replace the:
PHS Non-competing Continuation Progress Report (PHS 2590)
eSNAP module in the eRA Commons
NIH and AHRQ Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Fellowship Progress Report for Continuation Support (PHS 416-9).


Pilot testing of the RPPR for NIH awards will begin in late April 2012 with a limited number of institutions, and will include most awards not requiring submission of an annual detailed budget.  NIH anticipates expanding this pilot to all Federal Demonstration Partnership institutions during the summer of 2012.  Full implementation for fellowships and all awards issued under the Streamlined Non-competing Award Process (SNAP) is scheduled for awards made in Calendar Year 2013.  Implementation for complex mechanisms and non-SNAP awards has not been determined and further guidance will be provided at a later date.

Information and training materials will be available on the NIH RPPR website.


Please direct all inquiries to:

Division of Grants Policy
Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration
Office of Extramural Research