January 24, 2022

NIH RPPR Guidance after 1/25/22

National Institutes of Health requirements for the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) have changed as of January 25, 2022.

Other Support

In the past, when submitting an RPPR, Other Support only had to be uploaded for senior/key personnel whose support had changed. However, after January 25, 2022, each of the senior key personnel on the project will need to submit an Other Support Form in the NIH recommended format.

If there have been no significant changes in the individual's Other Support from what was reported to NIH previously, this should be clearly stated on the Other Support Form. If someone has something new to report, they should report this new support.

As of January 25, 2022, PDs/PIs and other senior key personnel will be required to electronically sign their respective Other Support form as a PDF prior to submission verifying that the information is true and accurate.

Other Support submissions at Just-in-Time and in the RPPR must be submitted as a flattened PDF (eRA Commons instructions), after all signatures are obtained. (A typed name is not an electronic signature and is not considered acceptable.)

Biographical Sketches

The biosketch format page also has been updated for application due dates and RPPR submissions on/after January 25, 2022.  PIs should use this new format when submitting an RPPR.  See Biosketch Format Pages, Instructions and Samples for details on the required biosketch format. Note:  The following changes have been made:

  • Section B ‘Positions and Honors’ has been renamed ‘Positions, Scientific Appointments, and Honors’.
  • For the non-Fellowship Biosketch, Section D. has been removed.
  • For the Fellowship Biosketch, Section D has been updated to remove ‘Research Support.’
  • As applicable, all applicants may include details on ongoing and completed research projects from the past three years that they want to draw attention to within the personal statement, Section A.