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NIH Now Requires the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) for AREA (R15) Awards 

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has issued a Notice which will require that progress reports submitted on or after January 31, 2014 for all Multi Year Funded (MYF) awards use the eRA Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) module in the NIH Commons. This change is part of the federal government’s goal to create greater consistency in the administration of federal awards. 

MYF awards are grant awards which span multiple years, but for which the entire budget is awarded in the first year. 
This new reporting requirement primarily impacts NIU Principal Investigators holding R15: Academic Research Enhancement Awards (AREA). Other MYF award mechanisms include:

  • C06: Research Facilities Construction Grant
  • DP2: NIH Director’s New Innovator Award
  • DP3: Type 1 Diabetes Targeted Research Award

NIH released user guidance on January 31, 2014. OSP will update our website and guidance materials as soon as possible in order to assist NIU investigators with this new reporting requirement.

In the interim, OSP strongly encourages PIs who have progress reports due for their AREA award to begin the reporting process as early as possible to prepare new information that may be requested as well as to learn how to navigate the new RPPR module in the Commons. Investigators submitting their progress reports may contact Rachael Andel, OSP Award Coordinator, for assistance. 

Furthermore, PIs can visit NIH’s RPPR site developed for other funding mechanisms (e.g. R01) that have been using the RPPR to get a sense of what NIH may require.