eRA Information: Please Update Your Browsers by Nov. 30 to Use eRA Modules; New Security Mandated For Websites

eRA has been working on strengthening the security of its modules, web services and websites to the federally mandated ‘https only’ secure connection required for all federal agencies.

The ‘https’ connection offers “the strongest privacy and integrity protection currently available for public web connections,” the Office of Management and Budget wrote in mandating federal agencies adopt this standard by the end of 2016.

eRA Enhancements: eRA Commons’ Upcoming Release and Scheduled Downtime for Thursday, October 20, 2016

 

Scheduled Downtime for the October Release:

eRA Commons and ASSIST will be unavailable beginning at 9 p.m. ET Thursday, October 20, and will return to service by 7 a.m. ET Friday, October 21, 2016. When the system is available again, you will see new features and functionality have been added to the system.   

Highlights of eRA Commons’ October Software Release

NIH eRA Items of Interest - October 2016

Prior Approval – $500K

approvedA principal investigator (PI) needs to seek prior approval from the NIH before submitting a grant application with direct costs of $500K or more for a single budget year.

NIH has been developing a way to provide you with an option to electronically submit these prior approval requests through eRA Commons. And effective Sept. 15, this option is a reality.

Here is how it works:

eRA Information: Ext-UAT and Commons Demo Will be Unavailable Friday, October, 14 2016

The External User Acceptance Test (Ext-UAT) and the Commons Demo environments are scheduled to be offline Friday, October 14, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET in preparation for the fall system-wide software release. As part of our standard practice before each quarterly software release, we update the Ext-UAT and Commons Demo environments with the changes that will take place in production.

These changes will be implemented to production starting on Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 9 p.m. ET.

We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

eRA Enhancements: Improvements to xTRACT To Be Implemented August 18, 2016

In a software release scheduled for Thursday, August 18, 2016, several new features will be added to xTRACT. 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.

 

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