What does a cold and a password have in common? “Things I’d rather not have to deal with…” might be your first thought, but “Things that shouldn’t be shared, ever!” is hopefully your second.
Controlled access to NIH systems is key to the protection of your and your institution’s confidential information, such as financial information and proprietary research details. It is also key to maintaining the integrity of scientific and reporting processes, many of which are legally binding.
If you are a peer reviewer, you may not share your login credentials to allow others to have access to peer review systems, as noted in a June Rock Talk blog post. In addition, if you are a Principal Investigator (PI) or Signing Official (SO), you should not give your eRA login and password to colleagues. Both eRA and ASSIST allow you to delegate tasks or manage access to applications, without providing your login or password to others. Be sure to check out these articles highlighting the importance of protecting your credentials, and delegation and collaboration features in eRA and ASSIST:
When You’re Not Yourself – The Dangers of Sharing Credentials – eRA Items of Interest, June 2015
It Takes a Team – NIH eSubmission Items of Interest, June 2015