December 30, 2020
NOT-OD-20-127 - Upcoming Mandatory Submission of the Federal Financial Report (FFR) in the Payment Management System Beginning January 1, 2021
NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH (NIH)
The purpose of this Guide Notice is to remind the NIH recipient community of the change in Federal Financial Reporting (FFR) SF-425 submission requirements, and to provide additional implementation details, as referenced in the related Guide Notice.
Beginning January 1, 2021, respective to NIH awards that require submission of an FFR, NIH recipients will be required to submit the FFR in the Payment Management System (PMS). FFRs submitted prior to January 1, 2021, must use the FFR module in the eRA Commons based on the previous requirements set forth by the agency (see NIH Grants Policy Statement 184.108.40.206.2). FFRs submitted on or after January 1, 2021 must use PMS.
In alignment with HHS, NIH is implementing this change to allow recipients to report/certify expenditure data once through a single entry point and eliminate the need to report duplicative information across multiple reporting sources.
Additional Implementation Details
Beginning January 1, 2021, NIH recipients must submit required annual and final FFRs in PMS. Recipients who have FFRs that are a work-in-progress in the eRA Commons/FFR module as of January 1, 2021, will need to restart the FFR in PMS.
System Changes that may Impact Recipients as a Result of the Transition to PMS are as follows:
Training sessions offered by PMS for recipients will be posted at this link as they become available: https://pms.psc.gov/training/gr-ffr-training.html.
NIH Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration (OPERA)
Systems Policy Branch
Please direct all eRA systems-related inquiries to:
eRA Service Desk
Submit a web ticket: https://grants.nih.gov/support/index.html
Please direct all PMS systems-related inquiries to: