eRA provides our partners with the information technology solutions and services to support the full lifecycle for grants administration. We help maximize federal-wide efficiencies and reduce duplicative system development and costs. Federal agencies that share similar research missions and/or business processes with NIH are invited to explore the possibility of using eRA's electronic grants systems for their grants administration. Our flexible services allow partners to select the service components that suit their specific electronic research administration needs or opt for the entire end-to-end grants management system.
eRA has long-standing partnerships supporting 24 independent grant-making NIH Institutes and Centers, along with five other agency partners including: the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), as well as the federal agency, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Other new partnerships are in the works.
Why Integrate Systems and Services with eRA?
Many Federal agencies have developed their own systems to provide grants administration functionality, with some individual operating divisions (OpDivs) within a single agency using their own distinct systems. The cost to operate and maintain these individual systems is extremely high.
The Federal government uses a Grants Management Line of Business (GMLoB) model that consolidates the number of grants management systems within HHS. The GMLoB model allows a granting organization to choose one of several grants administration systems, based on which system best fits the organization's business needs. There are three main GMLoB Consortia leads for the federal government. eRA has been approved as an alternative solution for agencies who do not partner with an existing GMLoB.
While business practices may vary among grant making communities, there are core functions common to many systems. By taking advantage of system flexibility, multiple entities can leverage the investment in a consolidated system like eRA and maximize its efficiencies.