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Clarifying Interim- and Final-RPPR Deadlines

Remember, you must send your interim- or final-Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) within 120 calendar days after your grant's project period ends. Some grantees have been late because they misinterpreted the instructions from the January 19, 2017 Guide notice.

To ensure you send the right type of RPPR at the right time, read these clarifications:

  • If your project period ends before you apply for your Type 2 (renewal), submit a final-RPPR.
  • If you apply for your Type 2 before the project period ends, submit an interim-RPPR. Do not wait to find out whether your Type 2 will be funded before submitting the interim-RPPR.
  • Even if your Type 2 grant has already been awarded, NIH requires an interim-RPPR covering the last year of the previous grant's competitive segment. Since NIH doesn't limit when you may apply for the Type 2 of an investigator-initiated grant, this means that sometimes your interim-RPPR will be due after the Type 2 grant is awarded.
  • If you fail to send the interim-RPPR, this could delay the Type 5 (noncompeting continuation) award for the second year of your renewal.
  • If you fail to send the final-RPPR, NIH may initiate unilateral closeout. For more on this, see the November 30, 2017 Guide notice.

Learn more from eRA's RPPR Instruction Guide and RPPR Module, and read our June 7, 2017 article "Your Instructions for Interim- and Final-RPPR."

Also check out the other RPPR-related article in this issue, "Prepare Your Project Outcomes Section for the Public.”

Content last reviewed on December 20, 2017

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