About the Institution

The About the Institution component of the Institution Profile lets you view information about your organization, such as DUNS and assurances numbers. If you hold the SO role within your organization, you can also edit this information.

Viewing About the Institution Information

You can view the information in the About the Institution component of the profile by:

Closed toggler arrowThe information displays as read-only:

Portion of the the screen showing the About the Institution component of IPF in View mode

Editing About the Institution Information

Closed toggler arrowIf you hold the SO role within an organization, you can edit the fields in the About the Institution component of the Institution Profile.

Portion of screen showing the About the Institution component in Edit mode

Click the Edit button on the About Institution Information panel header to display all editable fields available in this component. The following fields are available for editing, but are not required:

Secondary DUNS

Closed toggler arrowThe Secondary DUNS field allows SOs to edit, add, and remove additional DUNS numbers for the institution as necessary.

Opportunity Type Eligibility

There are three eligibility options. At least one of these options must be selected for the Institution to be eligible to submit grant applications. Information links for each type of opportunity provide additional information. The three types are:

NIH Grants/Contracts - The Institution certifies that it is eligible to apply for grants or contracts that are

Federal-Wide Assurance Numbers

The Federal-Wide Assurance (FWA) is the only type of new assurance of compliance accepted and approved by the Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP) for institutions engaged in non-exempt human subjects research conducted or supported by HHS.

Closed toggler arrowThe Federal-Wide Assurance Numbers field allows SOs to edit, add, and remove FWA numbers for the institution as necessary.

Animal Welfare Assurance Number

The Animal Welfare Assurance is a document an institution and all performance sites involving animal research must have on file with the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) before being awarded a grant or contract.

The Animal Welfare Assurance Number field displays the number passed to Commons from OLAW. If existing, numbers in parentheses () represents the old format number corresponding to the new format. This field is not editable.

The Primary DUNS, Organization Type, and Ownership Control are read-only fields populated with organizational information on file. The Primary DUNS field reflects the primary DUNS number provided during the original institution registration. This number is not editable through Commons. To make changes to the primary DUNS, please contact the eRA Service Desk for assistance.

When you are done, click the Save All button at the top or bottom of the profile to save the changes. You can edit other components of the profile before saving your changes by clicking the View buttons of those components. The Save All button saves the changes made in all components.

If you do not wish to save your changes, click the Discard Changes button instead.

Remember: Hiding a component is not the same as saving the component!

Only Commons users with the signing official (SO) role can edit the Institution Profile. An exception exists for institutions that have a TTO administrator but no signing official. For these institutions, the TTO administrator can edit all sections of the profile.

For institutions with both a signing official and TTO administrator, the TTO administrator can edit only the Extramural Technology Transfer Administration component.