eRA Information: eRA Introduces xTRACT on Oct. 16

Friday, October 9, 2015

We are pleased to announce the launch of a new module via eRA Commons that will allow applicants, grantees and assistants to create research training tables for progress reports and institutional training grant applications.

Extramural Trainee Reporting And Career Tracking (xTRACT) will be available as a new menu option on eRA Commons on Friday, Oct. 16.

Initially, xTRACT will support the following training grant award mechanisms: T32, TL1, T90/R90, and T15 for both progress reports and grant applications. Note that xTRACT can be used on a pilot basis for creating data tables for those mechanisms for Research Performance Progress Reports submitted Dec. 1, 2015 or later and applications submitted for the May 25, 2016 due date and after.


Because xTRACT is being integrated with eRA Commons, some of the data for training tables and reports will be prepopulated, using xTrain appointment and related data. This data includes trainee names, selected characteristics, institutions, grant numbers and subsequent NIH and other HHS awards.  Plus, some of the data that is manually entered in xTRACT for one training table submission will be available for reuse in xTRACT, when preparing data for subsequent training table submissions.  This automation will significantly reduce the workload for those responsible for completing the information.


As part of NIH’s Biomedical Research Workforce (BMW) initiative, xTRACT will allow NIH and other agencies to capture data on the careers of trainees (students and post-docs) and provide more information on training program outcomes.

xTRACT will be available to eRA Commons users with the following roles: Signing Officials (SO), Principal Investigators (PI),  and Assistants (ASST) with the appropriate delegation.

For more information:

  • NOT-OD-15-112 — Advance Notice: NIH Anticipates Transition to New Research Training Data Table Formats in FY 2016
    • Look for additional guide notices to be published soon concerning xTRACT and other eRA changes.
  • — Advisory Committee to the NIH Director: Biomedical Workforce Working Group