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Obtain an eRA Commons account to maintain compliance with applicable federal agency requirements and University of Utah requirements.

eRA Commons user ID's and completed personal profiles are REQUIRED for students with measurable effort on PHS2590 & RPPR

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Principal Investigators (PIs) or their designees assigned to grants, cooperative agreements and fellowships with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

University of Utah and many governmental organizations require actions through the eRA Commons system to maintain compliance. For more information, please see the NIH eRA website.

An account must be created by OSP. 

  • Accounts are required for: investigators submitting proposals; faculty sponsors on fellowship applications; post-docs, graduate and undergraduate students for progress reports; proposal reviewers.
  • eRA Commons Account ID's are case sensitive.


  1. Email OSP and provide your:
    1. Full name;
    2. Department;
    3. Utah email address (no gmail, hotmail, etc.);
      • If unaffiliated, please use a formal email with proper extension (i.e.
    4.  Rank (graduate student, postdoc, faculty member, staff); and
    5.  Requested eRA Commons role.
      1. If you are a Principal Investigator with an existing eRA Commons account who needs to affiliate with the University of Utah, email OSP and provide your full name, Utah email address, and eRA Commons username.
        Please note that OSP can affiliate you with the University, but the account owner will need to update their primary institution and may want to also update their email address.
      2. If you are unsure of which role to request, NIH provides descriptions of all eRA Commons roles. The most frequently requested roles are:
        1. Principal Investigator (PI): May access information pertaining to the grant(s) on which he/she is the designated PI. May edit their own personal profile, view grant application status and related information, view notice of award, initiate an RPPR (Research Performance Progress Report), view and manage certain training grant activities, and delegate authority to an ASST for certain actions on their account.
        2. The AA and ASST roles are for department and college research administrators who work with PI's to complete proposals and reports.
          • With these roles, access to proposals and reports is maintained and delegated by the PI, not by OSP, to assist with data entry and/or view grant status.
        3. The AO role is designated for central office research administrators and proposal development staff. 
        4. Senior/key individuals not affiliated with the University of Utah, should register in eRA Commons through their organization. 
          1. If time is scarce, per NIH, OSP can create an account for the individual and assign a role that is solely used for reporting purposes. Individuals with the following roles can only view the Institution Profile of the affiliated organization and view/edit their own Personal Profile: 
            • UNDERGRADUATE
            • GRADUATE_STUDENT
            • POSTDOC
            • SCIENTIST
        5. For unaffiliated/independent applicants see special instructions
  2. OSP will create your eRA Commons account or affiliate an existing account with the University of Utah.
  3. NIH will send you an email notification. For a new eRA Commons account, this notification will contain your logon URL. Click the URL to update the password and your account will be available for your immediate use.
    1. If you have a legacy or unaffiliated entry in the NIH database you will receive an email from the NIH requesting confirmation that the account belongs to you. Your account will be available for use 24-48 hours after you provide the necessary confirmation.
  4. eRA Commons users will need to complete their Personal Profiles. NIH provides a video tutorial to familiarize users with the Personal Profile. See also Setting Up and Maintaining the eRA Commons Personal Profile
    • The University is required to create an NIH eRA Commons account for individuals in graduate and undergraduate student roles who participate in NIH-funded projects for at least one person month or more.

      You are required to login to eRA Commons here and complete your Personal Profile – including answering the demographic questions. Here are some instructions.

    • Graduate students and post-docs who complete their eRA Commons Profile are 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. 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. After you have completed your profile, please email your department administrator and/or PI/advisor to confirm that you have fulfilled this requirement by sending a screenshot of your Personal Profile Summary.

    • Note: All of the contents should have a green check next to each section

Commons Person Profile Summary

Related Policies and Procedures

  • Grant Life Cycle > Submit Proposal > Electronic Submission & Registration > NIH eRA Commons


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Last Updated: 1/12/23