You should have only one eRA Commons account to accurately capture your review/grant/publication history and expertise. This helps ensure accurate data for NIH and fewer headaches for you. The only exception is for a small business owner functioning in both the signing official and principal investigator roles for the business.
Examples of problems caused by duplicate accounts
- Your study section service may not be recorded properly if you are a reviewer eligible for continuous submission.
- Precious time may be spent trying to figure out which is the pertinent account if you are a principal investigator calling the eRA Commons Help Desk with a question about your grant application.
Actions you can take
- If you have more than one account, contact the eRA Commons Help Desk to collapse these accounts into one.
- If you are switching institutions, simply have the new institution’s staff affiliate your existing Commons account with the new institution.
- If a scientific review officer suggests you set up a new Commons account, inform him/her you already have one.
- Keep your eRA Commons Personal Profile updated. That is your responsibility. (See Edit Personal Profile Information).