eRA Enhancements: New Features for xTRACT Coming April 27, 2017

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

A new feature and updates to xTRACT will occur in a software release scheduled for Thursday, April 27, 2017.  xTRACT is the Extramural Trainee Reporting and Career Tracking system and is accessed via eRA Commons. It allows applicants, grantees and assistants to create research training tables for progress reports and institutional training grant applications.


  • Longer Research Topics are now supported:

When entering the in-training data for a participating student or trainee, the allowable length of the Research Topic has been increased, from 80 to 200 characters.


  • Corrected styling of author names, for citations selected from PubMed

For any publication that is being selected from PubMed and added for a student/trainee, each author name for the citation should now appear in NLM style.

  • Corrected Year Awarded, Shown in Table 8 for Non-NIH Subsequent Grants

Occasionally the year awarded would be shown incorrectly for a Non-NIH subsequent grant in table 8.  This problem has been corrected.                                               

Following the release, please look for details and screenshots in the Online Help for xTRACT (and accessible through the question marks on xTRACT screens).