Users of eRA Commons, ASSIST, Internet Assisted Review (IAR) and Commons Mobile are encouraged to begin their switchover now to the new two-factor authentication (2FA) login method to access those modules, before the mandatory deadline of September 15, 2021 for all users.
The new secure two-factor authentication login method involves users creating an account at login.gov, a centralized government portal, and associating their eRA Commons or ASSIST account with it. The user must initiate the process from eRA Commons or ASSIST by clicking the login.gov login option on the Commons or ASSIST home screen, which will then redirect the user to login.gov. Users only need to do this association one time.
Note that reviewers have begun the transition to using login.gov to access the IAR module via eRA Commons in a phased manner, review meeting by meeting. The first batch of reviewers, with meetings starting on February 1 and beyond, had their IAR accounts transitioned to require the use of login.gov on December 14, 2020. The transition will continue daily as reviewers are enabled for review meetings held on or after February 1, and until all reviewers are using login.gov.
Users of eRA Commons, Commons Mobile and ASSIST are free to switch at any time to login.gov and we encourage them to start now, rather than waiting for the September deadline. This secure two-factor authentication allows external users to log into multiple HHS systems (eRA, Grants.gov, GrantSolutions.gov and Payment Management System) using the same login.gov credentials while enhancing the security and integrity of access to data in eRA systems.
- Guide Notice NOT-OD-21-040
- Web page: Two-Factor Authentication: Accessing eRA Modules via login.gov
- Two-factor authentication video tutorials:
- One-page flyer
- Two-Factor Authentication FAQs
- eRA Commons Online Help
- ASSIST Online Help
- If you run into issues with login.gov or associating your login.gov account with your eRA account, please contact the eRA Service Desk at https://grants.nih.gov/support/index.html .
- You can also refer to login.gov for additional help at https://www.login.gov/help/
(Original message sent Monday, December 14, 2020 at 8:07 a.m. ET)