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Progress reports are required annually to document grantee accomplishments and compliance with terms of award. They describe scientific progress, identify significant changes, report on personnel, and describe plans for the subsequent budget period or year.

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has mandated that federal agencies implement a federal-wide research performance progress report (RPPR) for submission of required annual or other interim performance reporting on research grant and cooperative agreement awards to standardize recipient reporting on federally-funded research projects.

Implementation of the RPPR

NIH began implementing the federal-wide Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) in the Fall of 2012.  NIH requires use of the RPPR module to submit progress reports for Streamlined Non-competing Award Process (SNAP), fellowship, and multi-year funded awards.  See NIH Guide Notices OD-13-035 and OD-14-026.  The RPPR currently available to Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP) institutions for non-SNAP progress reports, including those for complex and training awards.  See NIH Guide Notice OD-13-113.  NIH will expand the ability to submit all type 5 non-SNAP progress reports via the RPPR to all institutions following the April 24, 2014, eRA release.  See NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-14-064.

NIH anticipates requiring all grantee institutions to use the RPPR for non-SNAP progress reports beginning in October 2014; however, a separate Guide Notice announcing the requirement will be issued on a future date. 

Note also, that NIH continues development of the RPPR for final progress reports and for administrative extensions (Type 4s; e.g., SBIR/STTR Fast-Track Phase II application).  NIH will update the community as progress is made. 

Please see the chart below to determine the appropriate progress report format. 



Streamlined Non-Competing Award Process (SNAP)

RPPR – required


RPPR - required


RPPR or PHS 2590 – Pilot for FDP institutions only, format at discretion of institution.
PHS 2590 – required for non-FDP institutions

Multi-Year-Funded (MYF)

RPPR – required

Phase I Final Year
(Phase II Type 4 Application)

PHS 398 or PHS 2590 - defined by terms of award

Grantee Access to the RPPR

Grantees may access a list of progress reports that are due using the Status page in eRA Commons, and selecting the Tab "List of Applications/Grants." The far right column on the resulting table entitled Action will include an RPPR link if a progress report is due for a SNAP or Fellowship award. Select the RPPR link.

SNAP RPPRs are due the 15th of the month preceding the month in which the budget period ends. Fellowship progress reports are due two months before the beginning date of the next budget period.



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