eRA Alert: Users with the Status Delegation Unable to Access the Detailed Status Information Screen

The eRA Service Desk has received reports, users with the ASST (Assistant) role, that have been assigned the Status delegation for a Principal Investigator (PI) are currently seeing an error on the detailed Status Information screen for that PI.

We are working to actively resolve these issues and will provide more information when it is available.

We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

eRA Information: Brief Downtime for eRA Website at 8 p.m. on July 19, 2017

The eRA web site ( will be offline Wednesday evening from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. ET for required maintenance. 

The maintenance will only affect the website. Production systems such as eRA Commons, IAR and ASSIST will be available and fully functional.

You can access eRA Commons and IAR by using this URL:

And ASSIST can be accessed at:

eRA Information: Scheduled Downtime for eRA Commons, ASSIST Starts Thursday, July 20

Scheduled Downtime for the July Release:

eRA Commons and ASSIST will be unavailable beginning at 9 p.m. ET Thursday, July 20 and will return to service by 7 a.m. ET Friday, July 21, 2017.

The downtime will allow for the deployment of updates in eRA’s July system-wide software release.

NOTE: The ability to submit help tickets online will not be available during the downtime listed above. 

eRA Information: Ext-UAT and Commons Demo Environment Will be Unavailable Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The External User Acceptance Test (Ext-UAT) and the Commons Demo environment is scheduled to be offline Tuesday, July 18, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET in preparation for the summer 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.

We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Please note that this process will not affect the production environment.

Prior Approval to Include Carryover Option Effective June 8

The ability to electronically submit a carryover request to NIH will be available through the Prior Approval module in eRA Commons after a release scheduled on Thursday, June 8, 2017 after 5 p.m. Carryover allows leftover, unobligated grantee funds to be carried over from one budget year to another, and may require permission be obtained from the awarding IC.

The Prior Approval module currently supports the electronic submission of the following requests:


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