eRA Commons Username Required for Sponsor in Individual Fellowship Grant Applications to NIH and AHRQ

Notice Number: NOT-OD-14-129

Key Dates
Release Date: August 29, 2014

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Issued by
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)


In order to facilitate the electronic processing of Individual Fellowship grants, NIH & AHRQ now require a valid eRA Commons Username to be included for the primary Sponsor designated on competing Individual Fellowship grant applications. Including the eRA Commons IDs for personnel designated as Co-sponsors remains optional.

The primary Sponsor must be listed on the R&R Senior/Key Person Profile form of the Fellowship grant application as follows:

  • List the Sponsor as Senior/Key Person 1.
  • Use the 'Other' or 'Other Professional Role' in the Project Role field and provide the text 'Sponsor' in the other Project Role Category field.
  • Provide a valid Commons Username with the 'Sponsor' role in the Credential field.
    Note that if the sponsor has an existing eRA Commons account with the PI or other scientific roles, the 'Sponsor' role should be added to the existing account rather than creating a new account.

Failure to properly identify the Sponsor on an application may result in an error preventing successful application submission.


Please direct all inquiries to:

NIH Grants Info
Email: (preferred method of contact)
Telephone: 301-945-7573