With an eye to improving system performance and creating a more stable environment, NIH’s electronic Research Administration (eRA) has planned a major infrastructure upgrade for the end of May around the Memorial Day weekend. Months of meticulous planning will culminate in a switchover to new database servers, a new operating environment, and new storage area networks. Due to the complexity of this major infrastructure upgrade, all eRA systems–including eRA Commons and the eSubmission system–will be unavailable from May 22 through May 26 as eRA implements the cutover.
During the five-day downtime, grant applicants will not be able to see application images, view errors/ warnings, or access any other features of Commons.
Keep in mind that grant applicants will be able to continue submitting applications to Grants.gov during the downtime. These applications will be queued up for the eRA eSubmission system to retrieve and process beginning Wednesday, May 27, once the system upgrade is complete. Applicants submitting through Grants.gov during the May 22-26 period will need to follow through on their submission in eRA Commons after systems are up and running on May 27.
Note that due to the close proximity to the five-day downtime, NIH is moving the submission deadline for RFA-OD-09-004, Recovery Act Limited Competition for NIH Grants: Research and Research Infrastructure ‘Grand Opportunities’ (RC2), from May 27, 2009 to May 29, 2009. See NIH Guide NoticeNOT-OD-09-090 for details.