Please Do Not Work on RPPRs between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. ET on Thursday, May 25

eRA will be deploying a release Thursday morning, May 25, to update the publications section of eRA Commons to accept preprints (See NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-17-050).

While eRA Commons users will not experience any downtime during this release, those who are working on Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPR) may experience errors.

Hence, we request users to refrain from working on RPPRs during the 3 hour release window Thursday (7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Eastern Time).

xTrain’s Statement of Appointment PDF Form Will No Longer Display PII Information

The xTrain module will no longer display certain information in the Statement of Appointment PDF form (PHS 2271), in order to protect Personally Identifiable Information (PII).  This change will be effective today, Thursday, May 18, following eRA’s software release.


The following information will not be displayed:

  • Date of Birth
  • Last four digits of Social Security numbers
  • Gender
  • Race/Ethnicity
  • Disability
  • Disadvantaged Background


eRA Information : Users Experienced Errors When Viewing an RPPR This Morning

The eRA Service Desk has received reports that some eRA Commons users experienced errors when viewing Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPR). 

As you may know, eRA systems are dependent on the overall NIH infrastructure.  We continue to work closely with groups responsible for NIH infrastructure to avoid these issues.

If you continue to experience problems, please contact the eRA Service Desk.

We are sorry for any inconvenience.

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


eRA Information: Scheduled Downtime for eRA Commons, ASSIST Begins Tonight at 9 p.m.

Scheduled Downtime for the April Release:

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

The downtime will allow for the deployment of updates in eRA’s April 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 Friday, April 14, 2017

The External User Acceptance Test (Ext-UAT) and the Commons Demo environment is scheduled to be offline Friday, April 14, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET in preparation for the spring 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.


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