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:

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



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