Last updated: February 16, 2022
Recent News and Updated Guidance
Logging onto eRA Commons
NIH is switching to a two-factor authentication to access eRA Commons using Login.gov.
Starting September 15, 2021, eRA will begin a phased approach for requiring the use of two-factor authentication for user accounts. The new timing of enforcement depends on the type of user account. This phased approach applies to all scientific account holders (i.e. PI) but excludes administrative accounts (i.e. AO, SO) until early 2022. (See also eRA Commons User Roles: User Roles (nih.gov) )
Triggering event: All PIs and key personnel associated with an application or Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) will be required to transition to the use of two-factor authentication 45 days after the submission of their competing grant application (Type 1 or 2) or their RPPR. eRA will send reminder messages during the 45-day period to individual users who are required to transition to the new two-factor authentication requirement.
Helpful videos can be found at eRA Videos | eRA (nih.gov)
eRA Commons ID needed for all Senior/Key Personnel:
For applications due on or after January 25, 2022, an eRA Commons ID must be entered in the “Credential, e.g. agency login” field for all Senior/Key Personnel (as defined in NIH GPS 1.2) listed on the R&R Senior/Key Person Profile (Expanded) Form. Currently the requirement is only for those personnel with the role of PD/PI.
If needed, request an eRA Commons Account through MIT
Update to Biosketch format:
NIH has updated instructions for the biosketch; this new format will be required for applications due on or after January 25, 2022.
Changes to the biosketch:
- Section B ‘Positions and Honors’ has been renamed ‘Positions, Scientific Appointments, and Honors
- For the non-Fellowship Biosketch, Section D. has been removed.
- For the Fellowship Biosketch, Section D has been updated to remove ‘Research Support.’ As applicable, all applicants may include details on ongoing and completed research projects from the past three years that they want to draw attention to within the personal statement, Section A.
- NIH webpage: Biosketch Format Pages, Instructions and Samples
Changes in Reporting of Other Support
Please note that MIT is reviewing the requirements for Other Support and will relay more information at a later date.
This new format will be required for applications due on or after January 25, 2022
Changes to Other support:
- The format page has been re-organized to separate funded projects from in-kind contributions.
- Signature block added, for Program Director/Principal Investigator or Other Senior/Key Personnel to certify the accuracy of the information submitted. Each PD/PI or senior/key personnel must electronically sign their respective Other Support form as a PDF prior to submission.
- NIH webpage: Other Support
Read more at:
- Upcoming Changes to the Biographical Sketch and Other Support Format Page for Due Dates on or after May 25, 2021
- Implementation of Changes to the Biographical Sketch and Other Support Format Page
- Reminders of NIH Policies on Other Support and on Policies related to Financial Conflicts of Interest and Foreign Components
Note: Disclosure guidance is also found at National Institutes of Health Disclosure Guidance
NIH will be updating their forms in January as well to Forms G: New NIH "FORMS-G" Grant Application Forms and Instructions Coming for Due Dates on or after January 25, 2022
New Government Identifier
In March 2019, the General Services Administration (GSA) announced that the U.S. Government is moving to a new government-owned Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) which will replace the DUNS as the unique entity identifier in all systems, including Grants.gov and eRA Commons. The assignment of the UEI will be incorporated into the SAM registration process, eliminating the need for applicants to seek external identifiers in order to register. This change will not impact the Institutional Profile File (IPF) generated by eRA Commons for tracking and reporting on awards. MIT is registered and the number is:
MIT’s UEI is E2NYLCDML6V1
NIH Virtual Seminar
This year the NIH Regional Seminar will be virtual; more information will become available as November seminar approaches. Read more at NIH Regional Seminars on Program Funding and Grants Administration
August 2021: New Checklists:
February 2021: National Institutes of Health Disclosure Guidance
May 2020: NIH FORMS-F changes
NIH is updating its forms to FORMS-F and will require the use of application packages with a Competition ID of ‘FORMS-F’ for proposals due dates on or after May 25, 2020. Applications prepared using “FORMS-E” application packages for due dates on or after May 25, 2020 will not be reviewed.
The KC system will be upgraded Friday, May 8, 2020 at 9pm, to incorporate NIH Forms F for System to System (S2S) proposal submissions. FORMS-F are currently available in Workspace and ASSIST if using these portals to submit your NIH proposals. More details about Forms-F changes.
January 2020: NRSA Stipend levels increased for FY20