NIH To Enhance the Grant Closeout Process Next Month

Effective January 1, 2017, NIH will replace the Final Progress Report (FPR) with a Final Research Performance Progress Report (Final RPPR), which grantees will be able to complete and submit through a new eRA Commons module. On or after that date, NIH will no longer accept FPRs as uploaded documents.

The format of the Final RPPR will closely follow that of the annual RPPR that grantees submit throughout the life of the grant. This should make final reporting easier to complete.

One key addition to the Final RPPR is the Project Outcomes section. To complete this requirement, grantees will provide a concise summary of the cumulative outcome or findings of the project, and NIH will make that section publicly available.

Another important change: The progress report within a Type 2 (renewal) application will no longer serve as a final progress report for the original grant. Instead, grantees will submit an "Interim-RPPR" while their renewal application is under consideration. If the renewal application is funded, NIH will treat the Interim-RPPR as the annual performance report for the final year of the previous competitive segment. If the renewal application is not funded, the Interim-RPPR will be treated by NIH staff as the grant’s Final RPPR.

As with the FPR, the Final RPPR or Interim-RPPR must be submitted via eRA Commons no later than 120 calendar days from the period of performance end date.

Read the November 23, 2016 Guide notice for complete details.

Content last reviewed on December 7, 2016

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