Agency Partnership Highlights


AHRQ logoHHS/Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) 

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is the lead Federal agency charged with improving the safety and quality of America's health care system. AHRQ develops the knowledge, tools, and data needed to improve the health care system and help Americans, health care professionals, and policymakers make informed health decisions.  

AHRQ internal staff members utilize the review, grants management, and reporting-related modules while their applicants/grantees submit their applications and manage their grants via ASSIST and eRA Commons respectively.


CDC logo HHS/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

CDC works to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. To accomplish their mission, CDC conducts critical science research and provides health information that protects our nation against expensive and dangerous health threats, and responds when these arise. CDC’s Office of Financial Resources awards and administers grants and cooperative agreements to state and local governments, foreign ministries and associations, domestic non-profits/educational institutions, and domestic for-profit groups.

CDC, eRA and GrantSolutions are in a partnership to support CDC's research grants management needs. This partnership involves eRA handling the receipt and review of the CDC research grant applications, while the award process is managed using GrantSolutions, which then passes the CDC data to eRA for post-award activity.  

eRA supports CDC's new applications, renewals, peer review, competing continuations, non-competing continuations, post award amendment requests and closeout documentation. This solution allows CDC applicants and grantees to continue working from their eRA Commons accounts as well as to use ASSIST for their grant lifecycle activities while the transfer of this data allows CDC to process award actions in their system. Once CDC staff processes award actions in GrantSolutions, the data is transferred to eRA for applicants and grantees to review and take action accordingly.


FDA logoHHS/Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for protecting the public health by ensuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, and medical devices; ensuring the safety of our nation's food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation; regulating the manufacturing, marketing, and distribution of tobacco products; and ensuring the security of the food supply and by fostering development of medical products to respond to deliberate and naturally emerging public health threats. 

The FDA uses numerous eRA modules across the lifecycle to help them receive, award, and manage their portfolio.


SAMSHA logo HHS/Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Who is SAMHSA?

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration leads public health efforts to advance behavioral health of the nation with its mission to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities

  • SAMHSA has been a long-standing partner of eRA and has been using limited functionality of our GM module to issue awards for the past 10 years.
  • SAMHSA does not manage research grants, and their workload is entirely non-research focusing on health services.
    • Non-Research 424 formset used (SF-424, SF-424a, SF-LLL)
    • Processes are different than NIH, mostly in the Pre-Award and Post Award stages
      • No revisions, they use amendment awards to execute a change
      • No RPPR, they use annual application submissions 

Use of eRA Systems

  • In September 2015, SAMHSA decided to expand its use of eRA to support its grants management workload across the entire business process life-cycle
      • In FY16 SAMHSA identified a Pilot group “Release 1 (R1)” consisting of two new grant programs
      • The R1 group used eRA to manage the entire new competing grant application and award process
      • As functionality was developed for the Type 5 Non-Competing Continuation and Type 6 Post Award Amendment processes, the R1 programs transitioned to utilize that functionality
  • In FY17 – FY18 SAMHSA transitioned the processing of all new competing grant applications (Type 1), as well as all non-competing continuations and Post Award Amendments to eRA.
  • There are several gap areas that are still in development that are planned for implementation this year.

VA logoVeterans Affairs (VA)

The mission of the Rehabilitation Research and Development Service (RR&D) within the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Office of Research and Development, is to generate knowledge and innovations to advance the rehabilitative health and care of Veterans and the nation. In support of this mission, RR&D strives to effectively integrate preclinical, clinical and applied rehabilitation research and translate research results into practice. In accordance with this mission RRD:

  •  sustains a superior environment of inquiry conducive to the highest quality research education and   patient care
  •  capitalizes on VHA's value as a national research asset
  •  leads and manage an effective and efficient rehabilitation research enterprise
  •  increases awareness and understanding of VHA's research contributions in the field of rehabilitation

RR&D uses a set of eRA modules across the grants management lifecycle to receive, review, award and manage their research portfolio.