About eRA Commons
eRA Commons is an NIH web interface where signing officials, principal investigators, trainees and post-docs at institutions/organizations can access and share administrative information relating to research grants. eRA recommends that you access the Commons interface using an eRA recommended browser.
- Read the eRA Commons User Guide to learn more about Commons functionality
- eRA Commons FAQs
- Contact an eRA Help Desk or use the eRA self-help guide
eRA Commons IDs
- New to Northwestern? Individuals who have an existing Commons ID but are new to Northwestern should maintain their existing Commons ID and switch institutional affiliation.
- Need a Trainee Account for use in xTrain? Trainee accounts for use in xTrain are NOT created by OSR but by the PI or PI delegate. Follow the instructions on page 4 of the eRA Commons xTrain Quick Reference Guide.
EXCEPTIONS: This form should NOT be used to request:
New Trainee-type NIH Commons accounts (for use in xTrain to appoint trainees to a training grant). Trainee-type accounts are NOT created by OSR but directly by the PI/PI delegate. For more information, see the xTrain Quick Reference Guide.
Updates to an account holder's Personal Profile (which must be done by the account holder or their delegate)
PROCESSING TIME: Requests for new Commons IDs are often processed by the OSR Info Team within 1-2 days but can take up to 5 business days. Same-day turn-around for requests is NOT guaranteed. Please keep this in mind if you require new Commons IDs for a progress report. It is recommended that new eRA Commons IDs are requested at least five (5) business days in advance of submitting a proposal or progress report to OSR for review. In the event that multiple requests for IDs are received simultaneously, priority will be given to IDs needed for the most pressing deadline(s).
Functions available in eRA Commons to registered users
Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) Module
The RPPR module allows extramural grantee institutions to electronically submit Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPR) to the Grants Management community. For more information and detailed instructions, visit the RPPR Instruction Guide.
This facility allows Principal Investigators to review the current status of all their grant applications and review detailed information associated with the grant. Mobile access to status information is also available to PI's at: https://m.era.nih.gov/cmb
The xTrain module provides external and internal users with online capabilities for working with trainee appointments and the termination notices of trainees and fellows. For trainee appointments, re-appointments, and amendaments, see the xTrain Quick Reference Guide; for more detailed information, visit the xTrain online help system.