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eRA Commons

eRA Commons is NIH’s electronic system for grants administration and registration is required for any researcher who wants to submit a grant proposal to NIH.
You cannot submit a grant proposal to NIH until you have an eRA Commons’ username and password.

Registering with eRA Commons allows ORS to submit your application electronically and allows you to see the status of your grant and summary statements.

Request an eRA Username

Only Principal Investigators (PIs) or their delegates who are employees of UMKC can submit NIH grants through ORS. The PI does not need a username or password to submit a NIH grant.

An eRA Commons Username and Password is required for every PI to be able to create the proposal application package that will ultimately be submitted to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) by ORS through

  • Only Principal Investigators who are employees of UMKC can submit NIH grants.
  • The PI does not need a username or password to submit a NIH grant.
  • Note: if you want to delegate any eRA Commons authority, your delegate must also have an eRA Commons Username and Password (which can be requested through this page).
  • Until you have your eRA Commons Username and Password, you cannot submit a grant proposal to NIH.

After your first log-in into eRA Commons, you must enter a permanent eRA Commons password, which must comply with the following rules.

  • It must be at least eight characters long.
  • It must include at least one number, but not the first or last character.
  • It must include letters.
  • It must contain one of the following characters:! # $ % * - _ = + < >
  • It may not contain spaces.
  • It may not contain the following characters: @, &, or period.
  • It may not contain your username.
  • Password is case sensitive.
  • It must be changed every 180 days.
  • It may not be reused within one year.
  • EXAMPLE of a password: Dollar1!