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Required Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) for NIH Awards

Read about the Required Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) for NIH awards that began in May 2013.

RPPR is required as of May 2013

The Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) module is required for submitting Streamlined Noncompeting Award Process (SNAP) and Fellowship progress reports as of May 2013. RPPR replaces the eSNAP tab in eRA Commons.


Streamlined Non-Competing Award Process (SNAP) includes a number of provisions that modify requirements for annual progress and financial reports and for Notices of Award. eSNAP is the electronic version of SNAP progress report, (required for SNAP progress reports since August 2010.)

RPPR is a federally mandated reporting format for all federal grant agencies (NIH, NSF, DoD, etc.) designed to provide consistent information on the progress of federally funded research and research related activities. RPPR will replace the eSNAP progress reports for SNAP awards and PHS 416-6 for Fellowship progress reports in May, and will eventually replace the use of the PHS 2590 for non-SNAP awards.

The RPPR for SNAP replaced the eSNAP module in May 2013.

There is no change to non-SNAP award progress reports at this time but the eRA team continues to develop an electronic solution for these reports.

To PRAM or Not to PRAM

In addition to all the above changes, you will see the expansion of Progress Report Additional Materials (PRAM) functionality. The PRAM link that can be found in the Action column of the eRA Commons Status page will used to provide either the public access compliance information, the additional materials requested by IC, or both, depending on which is applicable to the particular RPPR. The grantee may provide the requested information, route the response to a Signing Official (SO), or, if the PD/PI has been delegated Submit Progress Report authority by the Signing Official, submit the materials to the agency. The materials may be viewed from the status information screen in Commons.

Grantee use of the PRAM link to respond to PRAM requests is not mandatory at this time; the grantee may respond via email to the Grants Management Specialist. However, NIH expects to mandate use of the electronic PRAM feature in the future and encourages grantees to familiarize themselves with the functionality.

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For more information contact Lynelle Gehrke.