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From: UF Research Administration Roundtable [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Cline,Jason
Sent: Tuesday, June 6, 2017 2:14 PM
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Subject: FW: New NIH Instructions - Final RPPR & Interim RPPR



From: UF Division of Sponsored Programs [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Harris,Jamie
Sent: Tuesday, June 06, 2017 2:03 PM
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Subject: [UFRESEARCH-L] New NIH Instructions - Final RPPR & Interim RPPR


New NIH instructions on Submitting your Final Research Performance Progress Report and Interim RPPR
As of January 1, 2017, a Final Research Performance Progress Report (Final RPPR) is required for any grant that has ended and any grant that is not to be extended through award of a new competitive segment. The report is due within 120 days of the end of the project period. This report should be prepared in accordance with instructions provided by the awarding component. See https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-17-022.html

Effective February 9, 2017, if the recipient organization has submitted a renewal application on or before the date by which a Final Research Performance Progress Report (Final-RPPR) would be required for the current competitive segment, then submission of an "Interim RPPR" via eRA Commons is now required. The Interim RPPR (IRPPR) will be used for the submission of a Competing Renewal application (Type 2). See  https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-17-037.html (Guide Notice NOT-OD-17-037).

Like the Final-RPPR, recipients will be required to adhere to the new requirement to report on Project outcomes in the Interim-RPPR. This section will be made publicly available, thus allowing recipients to provide the general public with a concise summary of the cumulative outcomes or findings of the project (analogous to the Project Summary/Abstract section of the competing application) at the end of a competitive segment.

An Interim-RPPR link for the grant will appear in the Status tab in eRA Commons after the period of performance end date has passed. In the event that the renewal application is funded, NIH will treat the Interim-RPPR as the annual performance report for the final year of the previous competitive segment. If the renewal application is not funded, the Interim-RPPR will be treated by NIH staff as the institution's Final-RPPR.

As stated in NOT-OD-17-022<https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-17-022.html>, the Interim-RPPR must be submitted via the eRA Commons no later than 120 calendar days from the period of performance end date. If a recipient fails to comply with this reporting requirement, NIH may take one or more enforcement actions, such as a decision to withhold a non-competing continuation award, consistent with NIHGPS Chapter 8.5.2<https://grants.nih.gov/grants/policy/nihgps/HTML5/section_8/8.5_special_award_conditions_and_enforcement_actions.htm>. NIH will maintain the business rule in the RPPR module enabling institutional signing officials (SOs), at their discretion, to delegate submission of the Final RPPR or Interim-RPPR to the Program Director/Principal Investigator (PD/PI).

Both the Interim RPPR and the Final RPPR are currently identical in process and information required. The difference between the two is when and where they are made available to initiate and submit. The Interim RPPR link will made available to the Signing Official (SO) and the Principal Investigator (PI) in the Status screen when a grant is eligible for submission of a Competing Renewal application. The Final RPPR is only available as part of the Closeout process and the Process Final RPPR link only appears on the Closeout Status screen.

NOTE: If a system check by the Agency does not detect that there is a pending Type 5 renewal application associated with the award when the grant goes into a Closeout Module, any Interim RPPR that has been started will be converted to a Final RPPR and will be accessible through the Closeout link in the Status column.
The format of the Interim RPPR and the Final RPPR will be the same as the current annual RPPR, making it easier for recipients to navigate through both the Interim and the Final RPPR, based on familiarity with the existing format of the annual RPPR.
Differences between Interim/Final RPPR and the annual RPPR are few:

  *   In the Interim/Final RPPR, only Section D.1 is required in the Participants section

  *   Sections F: Changes and Section H: Budget are not part of the Interim/Final RPPR

  *   Section I: Outcomes is new. Section I is required for both the Interim/Final RPPR
Since a renewal application is competitive, there is no guarantee it will be funded. Therefore the following scenarios should be noted:
Competing Renewal
Application Status

Action

Not submitting a Competing Renewal application

Submit a Final RPPR no later than 120 days from the project period end date

Submitting a Competing Renewal application

Submit an Interim RPPR no later than 120 days from the project period end date

Funded

Not Funded

The Interim RPPR is accepted as the annual RPPR

The Interim RPPR is accepted as the Final RPPR



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Ms. Jamie Harris | Sponsored Programs Administrator
University of Florida / Division of Sponsored Programs
207 Grinter Hall, PO Box 115500, Gainesville, FL 32611
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