(From the December 2016 issue of Research Now)
Effective January 1, 2017, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is replacing the final progress report with the Final Research Performance Progress Report (F-RPPR). This format is basically the same process as the annual Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) submitted through eRA Commons.
Please note that, along with this format update, the NIH will no longer recognize a competing renewal application to serve in lieu of the final progress report. If you are in the final year of your non-competing project, please plan to submit the F-RPPR. As a reminder, Final Progress Reports are due no later than 120 days from the grant end date and must be submitted through eRA Commons. Your SPO and RBC are available to assist.
You can review the full NIH notice (NOT-OD-17-022) here: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-17-022.html.
The NIH now allows principal investigators (PIs) to electronically submit prior approval requests for grants exceeding $500,000 direct through eRA Commons. After the PI contacts their Program Official at the Institute/Center to discuss their request, they may be directed to initiate the prior approval request through eRA Commons.
Additional details are available in the October 2016 eRA Items of Interest, and you can review the NIH notice here: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-17-005.html.