eRA Enhancements: eRA Commons Upcoming Release and Scheduled Downtime for Wednesday, January 18

Scheduled Downtime for the January Release:

eRA Commons and ASSIST will be unavailable beginning at 9 p.m. ET Wednesday, January 18 and will return to service by 7 a.m. ET Thursday, January 19, 2017. When the system is available again, you will see new features and functionality have been added to the system.   


Highlights of ASSIST’s January Software Release


eRA Information: Ext-UAT and Commons Demo Environment Will be Unavailable Tuesday, January 10, 2017

The External User Acceptance Test (Ext-UAT) and the Commons Demo environment is scheduled to be offline Tuesday, January 10, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET in preparation for the winter 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 in production starting on Wednesday, January 18, 9 p.m. ET and ending no later than 7 a.m. ET on Thursday, January 19.

eRA Reminder: Use of Final RPPR Starts Jan. 1, 2017; Related Changes to IMS

This is a reminder that the Final Research Performance Progress Report is replacing the Final Progress Report (FPR) in eRA Commons effective Jan. 1, 2017. For more details on Final RPPR, please see the November 23rd Notification.  

NOTE: For small businesses, the new Final RPPR (or F-RPPR) will be in effect at least 2 months later, due to the unique final reporting requirements that they face under the SBIR/STTR policy directive.

eRA Information: Quarterly Release Date for Commons, ASSIST and IAR Moved to Jan. 18, 2017

eRA’s winter release will be moved  to Wednesday, January 18, 2017, a day earlier than scheduled.

The date was moved to ensure functionality will be available for users on Thursday, the day before Inauguration Day.

During this system-wide release, eRA Commons, ASSIST, IAR and related services are scheduled to be unavailable starting at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, January 18 and ending no later than 7 a.m. on Thursday, January 19.

eRA Enhancements: New Features for xTRACT Coming December 8, 2016

In a software release scheduled for Thursday, December 8, 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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