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.
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
Prior Approval – $500K
A 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:
Several iEdison enhancements were implemented on Monday, August 1, 2016. These were in response to requests for more flexible options to create and download reports of an institution’s Edison data; and to ensure alignment between Bayh-Dole compliance requirements and an institution’s own records.
Based on the recommendations of Edison users and to enable more accurate reporting of subject inventions and patents, the following two enhancements will be made during an upgrade process on Thursday, June 2, 2016:
IEdison and Edison Report Lite (ERL) will be offline for the fall software release, starting on Thursday, January 21, at 9 p.m. ET.
The system is scheduled to be available again by 7 a.m., Friday, January 22, 2015.
Highlights of iEdison’s January Software Release
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.
A new feature was added to eRA Commons during a software release yesterday, Thursday, September 8, 2016. This feature provides Signing Officials the capability to electronically submit a request to withdraw an application.
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.