Two-Factor Authentication: Access eRA Modules via login.gov

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Initial Set-up at login.gov

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Log-in Options for eRA Modules

Federated Users


eRA is moving to two-factor authentication via login.gov for accessing its external modules, meaning that log-in will require something you know (password) and something you have (a phone or other device). It will make your eRA account much more secure.

The move is part of HHS’s Reinvent Grants Management Initiative to provide the applicant and grantee community the ability to log in to four different grants systems (eRA, Grants.gov, GrantSolutions and Payment Management System) using a single login.gov account.

Timeline

Users of eRA Commons, Commons Mobile, ASSIST and Internet-Assisted Review must use login.gov credentials, instead of their eRA Commons account username and password, to access those modules starting on September 15, 2021.

If you have multiple eRA Commons accounts

Note: Once you are transitioned to the required use of login.gov to access external modules; the use of other login methods such as Commons credentials (username/password) or InCommon federated account credentials (use of an organization’s credentials) is not permitted. This requirement to use login.gov also applies to any activities you may subsequently do in eRA Commons as a principal investigator, reviewer, etc. 

For those who currently use InCommon Federated account credentials to login to eRA Commons, please see the InCommon Federated Section below.  After the September 15, 2021 deadline, use of InCommon Federated accounts that support two-factor authentication will be permitted instead of using login.gov.

Initial Setup at login.gov

It is a simple, one-time, three-step process to associate your login.gov  account with your eRA Commons account.

Here are the detailed steps and screenshots for the initial setup at login.gov: 2FA flyer

Note: We have used eRA Commons as an example below.

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IMPORTANT: Before starting the process:

  1. Make sure your eRA account is active and you know your account password.  If you need to reset your eRA account password, please do so first by using the Forgot Password/Unlock Account? link on the main Commons home screen.

  2. Start the process by going to the eRA commons home screen and clicking the LOGIN.GOV option.

  3. Make sure you are not using old eRA system bookmarks as that may interfere with the login.gov process.

Here are the system URLs for:

  1. eRA Commons: https://public.era.nih.gov/commons/

  2. ASSIST: https://public.era.nih.gov/assist/

  3. IAR: https://public.era.nih.gov/iar

  4. Commons Mobile: http://m.era.nih.gov/cmb

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Log-in Options for eRA's Modules

Module

Two-factor authentication via Login.gov

eRA Credentials

PIV/CAC Card*

Federated**

eRA Commons

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Commons Mobile

Yes

Yes

 

 

IAR (via eRA Commons)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

ASSIST

Yes

Yes

 

 

 

*Federal staff only

**When organizations authenticate their own users.  Only available to users who have not yet transitioned to the required use of login.gov.   See note below about InCommon Federation support of 2FA.

InCommon Federated Users

Please see the Accessing eRA Modules Via an InCommon Federated Account webpage.