xTRACT: An Easier Way to Complete Training Tables for Your Grant Application or Progress Report


The xTRACT module, accessible via eRA Commons, helps applicants and grantees create training data tables for institutional training grant applications and progress reports (RPPRs). xTRACT can save investigators and administrators time preparing training table information, and provides grantees and NIH with training table data in a way that can be reused for future submissions and will be more readily available for analysis. Using Commons IDs and xTrain appointment data, xTRACT prepopulates the tables from data we already have, including trainee names, selected characteristics, institutions, grant numbers and subsequent NIH and other HHS awards. Once you have used xTRACT to develop a training table submission, the information will be available for reuse in subsequent submissions. When you finish populating the table data, xTRACT produces a PDF file for you to attach to your grant application or RPPR.

We designed the initial version of xTRACT for creating data tables specifically for T32, TL1, T90/R90, and T15 applications and RPPRs. Applicants for other predoctoral, postdoctoral, and career-level training, education, and career development activities that use training data tables (e.g., T35, R25, K12/KL2 awards) can also use xTRACT, but the system does not yet include features tailored to their specific types of awards. Programs targeted to undergraduates (e.g., T34 awards) should not use the xTRACT system at all at this time, but should instead use the fillable tables designed for undergraduate programs available on the NIH website.

We are getting very positive feedback from system users. So give it a go and see for yourself!


  1. Thank you!
    Helping our admin with all the @#$% forms is one of the reasons that, despite how much I enjoy interacting with the students, I’m looking to dump this responsibility quick before it finishes killing off my research career. The other reason is the unending stream of unfunded mandates for TG directors.

    1. How true. They are asking for 15 years of research and acting like putting it in a neat little form solves the problems of not having the information or having to contact people who graduated from the University ten or more years ago. Its a very sneaky way to get universities to give them more information they dont want or have the time to give. Which essentially will cause them to spend more money on administrative costs rather than research. smart.

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