Upcoming Mandatory Submission of the Federal Financial Report (FFR) in the Payment Management System Beginning January 1, 2021
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June 23, 2020

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The purpose of this Guide Notice is to inform the NIH recipient community of the change in Federal Financial Reporting (FFR) SF-425 submission requirements. Beginning January 1, 2021, respective to NIH grant awards that require submission of an FFR, NIH grant recipients will be required to submit the SF-425 Federal Financial Report (FFR) in the Payment Management System (PMS) as opposed to the eRA Commons/FFR Module. FFRs submitted prior to January 1, 2021 shall use the FFR module in the eRA Commons based on the previous requirements set forth by the agency (see NIH Grants Policy Statement

This change to FFR submission requirements does not impact the timeline. Therefore, FFR due dates, as outlined in the NIH Grants Policy Statement, and 8.6.1, remain unchanged.

NIH is working closely with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to provide proper policy guidance and training to all recipients (including NIH recipients). Additional implementation details and PMS training information will be provided in a forthcoming notice.


Please direct all inquiries to:

NIH Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration (OPERA)
Systems Policy Branch
Email: OPERAsystemspolicy@nih.gov

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