January 24, 2018

Reminder: NIH and NSF Delinquent Reports

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) are becoming increasingly concerned about delinquent progress/annual reports. Please review the requirements of each of the federal agencies below to avoid problems with continuation funding and other post award transactions.


NIH requires grantees to submit Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPR) through the eRA Commons at least annually as part of the non-competing continuation award process. The progress report must be approved by NIH to non-competitively fund each budget period within an approved project period. UC Berkeley permits Principal Investigators (PIs) to submit RPPRS directly to NIH without going through SPO. However, this is a privilege that can be revoked if a PI fails to follow proper procedures. PIs with delinquent RPPRs will be notified that this privilege can and shall be revoked by the University, when the University learns of a delinquent RPPR.

Annual RPPR Due Dates
  • Streamlined Non-Competing Award Process (SNAP) RPPRs are due approximately 45 days before the next budget period start date.
  • Non-SNAP RPPRs are due approximately 60 days before the next budget period start date.
  • Multi-year funded (MYF) RPPRs are due annually on or before the anniversary of the budget/project period start date of the award.
See the NIH Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPR) page for more information.


NSF requires that all Principal Investigators (PIs) submit annual reports no later than 90 days prior to the end of the current budget period. Note: NSF has transferred its existing project reporting functionality from FastLane to Research.gov. This means that Principal Investigators (PIs) and Co-PIs will use Research.gov to meet all NSF project reporting requirements, including submission of the annual report. The report becomes overdue the day after the 90 day period ends. Failure to submit timely reports will delay processing of additional funding and administrative actions, including, but not limited to, no cost extensions. In the case of continuing grants, failure to submit timely reports may delay processing of funding increments. See the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) for more information.