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eRA Commons User ID's Required

eRA Commons User ID's Required for Students with Measurable Effort on PHS2590 & RPPR

According to Notice NOT-OD-13-097, over the next year the NIH will start requiring an eRA Commons ID for all individuals in graduate and undergraduate student roles who participate in NIH-funded projects for at least one person month or more.

That information will appear on NIH progress reports, including those submitted on paper using the DHHS Public Health Service Grant Continuation Progress Report (PHS2590) and electronically using the Research Performance Program Report RPPR.

The NIH PHS 2590 and RPPR forms will be modified to prompt for this information and a warning will be generated when an RPPR is submitted that lists individuals in a graduate or undergraduate student role who have not established an eRA commons ID. The newly revised instructions and forms are available at and

Beginning on October 18, 2013, graduate students and post-docs who complete their eRA Commons Profile will be required to answer certain demographic questions related to their date of birth, gender, race, ethnicity, disabilities, US citizenship status, and country of citizenship. And, where applicable, they will need to indicate their highest educational degree and the institution where it was earned, in order to complete the data collection.

Then, beginning in October 2014, RPPR's lacking the eRA Commons ID for graduate and undergraduate students will receive an error and the RPPR will not be accepted by the NIH without this information.

Anyone wishing to establish an eRA Commons account or affiliate with the University must make a request through OSP. Please email your sponsored projects officer and provide your full name, department, email, position (undergraduate student, graduate student, post-doc, assistant, or trainee). Be sure to let OSP know if you have ever had an eRA Commons account in the past and, if so, provide your previous Commons ID (if you can remember it).

The following tools for creating eRA Commons Accounts are now available:

Creating an eRA Commons Account, Searching for an Account & Avoiding Duplicate Accounts (for OSP)
eRA Commons Personal Profile Overview (video)
Personal Profile Online Help

For the full notice, please see NIH Notice NOT-OD-13-097.

Last Updated: 12/1/22