NIH Announces Rollout of RPPR for most SNAP and Fellowship Awards

The Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) is a standard federal form for progress reporting on Federally-funded research and related activities. All federal agencies sponsoring research awards has or is transitioning to the RPPR for interim progress reporting. While the RPPR is a standard form, agencies have been given significant flexibility in the details of their usage including choosing which components of the multi-part form are required and certain other adjustments to the generic format and language of the form. Despite referring to the RPPR as a “form” – it is an electronic document, not a printed document.

NIH piloted use of the RPPR with several Federal Demonstration Partnership institutions and is rolling it out to all institutions in October, 2012 for optional use. Use of the RPPR for progress reporting for SNAP awards and Fellowships is expected to become mandatory in Spring 2013. Piloting use of the RPPR for non-SNAP awards is anticipated during 2013 as well.

The RPPR will be completed and submitted via the NIH Commons. Training materials are available on the NIH RPPR web site. The NIH Office of Extramural Research has scheduled a webinar on October 17th, 2012, for those responsible for completing and/or submitting progress reports to NIH. As significant interest is anticipated, institutions are being encouraged to offer classroom-style viewing of the webinar and to register early.

Title:    NIH RPPR Training Webinar for all Grantees
Date:    Wednesday, October 17, 2012 – Live Broadcast
Time:     1:30pm-3:00pm EDT
Registration Required!

Webinar Logistics:
Reserve your webinar slot at
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing a unique log-in number and additional information about joining the webinar.
System Requirements:
PC-based attendees:  Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
Macintosh-based attendees:  Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer
The presentation will be followed by a question and answer session.  Questions will need to be submitted using the online tool.
Review the RPPR webpage in advance for additional materials, including background and the RPPR Instruction Guide.

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