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Additional Federal Agencies Transition Progress Reports to New Format

May 13, 2013

In our December newsletter, OSP reported NIU’s involvement in the NSF Research.gov pilot project to transition progress reporting from FastLane to Research.gov. The transition involved the implementation of a new progress report format, Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR), which resulted from a federal-wide initiative to maintain consistency in reporting among federal agencies. Due to our participation in the pilot project, OSP has primarily focused on NSF. PIs, however, should be aware that several other federal agencies have already or soon will transition to the RPPR-format for interim and final progress reports. These agencies include: DHHS (NIH, CDC, AHRQ, etc.), Department of Homeland Security, Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, Department of Energy, Department of Education, Department of Justice – Office of Justice and National Institute of Justice, Environmental Protection Agency, NASA, National Endowment of the Humanities, and the USDA – Forest Services and NIFA.

NIU has successfully submitted several RPPRs on Research.gov without difficulty. In early-March, OSP presented a campus Chat Session on NSF changes. Handouts from the session are available on the OSP website including screenshots and instructions in submitting annual, interim and final progress reports on Research.gov.

Also available under the Managing Awards section of the OSP website (or available from OSP Award Coordinator, Rachael Andel), is guidance on submitting progress reports to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Energy (DOE). NIH grantees with R01, R03, and R21 awards now have the option to use the RPPR for Streamlined Non-competing Award Process (SNAP) Progress reports. NIH projects that will continue to use the Multi-Year Funded (MYF) report in the eRA Commons, however, include multi-year funded awards in which the project period and budget period are the same and are longer than one year (such as the R15 NIH Academic Research Enhancement Award, AREA).

As agencies implement the new RPPR format, OSP will continue to update Investigators. Further information on the RPPR including individual agency plans for implementing the new report can be found on the RPPR home page hosted by NSF at: http://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/rppr/.

Investigators with questions regarding their progress reports may also contact OSP Award Coordinator, Rachael Andel at Rachael_andel@niu.edu or (815)753-6493.