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Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR)
Grant recipients use the RPPR, a federally mandated format for required interim or annual reporting, to complete progress reports on NIH grant awards. This page provides an overview of the RPPR and resources to help you understand how to submit a progress report.
About the RPPR
Progress reports are required annually to document grant recipient accomplishments and compliance with terms of award. Recipients describe scientific progress, identify significant changes, report on personnel, and describe plans for the subsequent budget period or year in these annual reports.
NIH requires recipients to submit an RPPR for non-competing NIH awards Funding for non-competing years of the grant can only be awarded after the NIH program and grants management staff review and approve the progress report. The review of the RPPR by NIH staff is a key element in NIH’s monitoring of the grant award.
Submitting the RPPR
The RPPR is submitted through. eRA Commons, the link is accessed through the Commons Status tab.
Only the project director/principal investigator (PD/PI) or their PD/PI delegate can initiate the RPPR. For multi-PD/PI grants only the Contact PI or the Contact PD/PI’s delegate can initiate the RPPR.
Signing officials must submit the RPPR. For SNAP awards only, the signing official may delegate submission authority to the PD/PI.
See the RPPR Due Dates below.
Streamlined Non-Competing Award Process (SNAP) RPPRs are due approximately 45 days before the next grant year budget period start date.
Non-SNAP RPPRs are due approximately 60 days before the next grant year budget period start date.
Mutli-year funded (MYF) RPPRs are due annually on or before the anniversary of the budget/project period start date of the award.
The exact start date for a specific award may be found in grants status in eRA Commons.
A report of all progress reports due for an organization is available at https://public.era.nih.gov/chl/public/search/progressReportByIpf.era.
Recipients should follow the detailed instruction for submission of the RPPR in the RPPR User Guide. The User Guide includes all the information needed to complete the RPPR, including instructions for how to use the RPPR submission system in the eRA Commons, how to complete the web-based forms, and what information is required in the documents to be submitted with the RPPR forms.
First time user? If you’ve never submitted an RPPR the guide provides step-by-step instructions starting with finding the RPPR link in eRA Commons. Numerous screenshots provide an easy-to-follow user-friendly interface to get you started and to walk you through all the steps necessary to complete and submit the report.
Experienced user? Use the links in the table of contents to navigate to the information you need. Instructions for completing the scientific portion of the report (see the elements below) may be found in Chapters 6 and 7.
The following resources may help with RPPR initiation and submission:
- For Program Directors/Principal Investigators to initiate an RPPR
- For Signing Officials to submit an RPPR in eRA Commons
- For Signing Officials to delegate submission of an RPPR
The RPPR requests various types of information, including:
What were the major goals and objectives of the project?
What was accomplished under these goals?
What opportunities for training and professional development did the project provided?
How were the results disseminated to communities of interest?
What do you plan to do during the next reporting period to accomplish the goals and objectives?
publications, conference papers, and presentations
website(s) or other Internet site(s)
technologies or techniques
inventions, patent applications, and/or licenses
other products, such as data or databases, physical collections, audio or video products, software, models, educational aids or curricula, instruments or equipment, research material, interventions (e.g., clinical or educational), or new business creation.
Participants and Other Collaborating Organizations
Changes in approach and reasons for change
Actual or anticipated problems or delays and actions or plans to resolve them
Changes that have a significant impact on expenditures
Significant changes in use or care of human subjects, vertebrate animals, biohazards, and/or select agents