RELEASE DATE:  October 28, 2002

NOTICE:  NOT-OD-03-008

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

The current system used to electronically submit financial status 
reports to the NIH is scheduled to be turned off on December 31, 2002. 
This system is part of an NIH legacy system that is in the process of 
being decommissioned. The new system that will take its place is the 
FSR module of the NIH Commons version 2. It will be deployed on 
November 1, 2002 and be in limited use until November 18, 2002 at which 
time it will be opened up to all users of the current system.

To be able to use the new FSR module, recipient institutions will need 
to register in the NIH Commons V2. All of the institutions that were 
registered users in version 1 of the NIH Commons will automatically be 
registered for version 2. To register before December 6th, contact the 
Commons helpdesk at (866) 504-9552; As of December 6th, registrations 
will be processed directly through the NIH Commons web site 
(http://commons.era.nih.gov/). The steps involved are:

1. Complete the online institution registration form
2. Print signature form, obtain necessary signature and fax back to NIH
3. Reply to the e-mail address verification message sent by the NIH
4. NIH processes the registration
5. Confirm the IPF assignment for the registration is correct
6. Receive account information from the NIH
7. Create and maintain additional accounts at the institution

Institutions not registered by December 31, 2002, will need to submit 
FSRs in paper form until they are registered. We understand that this 
is a very short timeline for this transition, but it is necessary in 
order to avoid technical problems caused by the legacy system. NIH will 
make every effort to ease the transition as much as possible. Please 
contact the Commons helpdesk (commons@od.nih.gov or (866) 504-9552) 
with any questions about how to use the FSR module or the registration 

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