Out with the Old, In with the New: Final Research Performance Progress Reports (Final RPPRs) in Use in 2017


Those of you who have been working in the NIH grants world for several years may remember that NIH’s use of the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) comes from a federal government-wide transition to a standard reporting format for all federally-funded research projects and research-related activities. As of January 1, 2017, that transition nears completion at NIH. The Final Research Performance Progress Report (Final-RPPR or F-RPPR) will replace the Final Progress Report (FPR) for grants closeout on or after January 1, 2017. Generally, the F-RPPR format will be the same as the current interim/annual RPPR, making it easier for you to navigate and complete.

As described in NIH Guide notice, NOT-OD-17-022, NIH also plans, as the final part of this RPPR transition, future changes to the final reporting process for awardees seeking funding as a competing renewal (Type 2 application). NIH is planning to make this process align with both the intent of the RPPR implementation – to maximize transparency and follow federal-wide reporting guidelines – and with our goal to reduce administrative burden for NIH awardees applying for renewals. Stay tuned to the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts for further announcements on when this change will take effect, and how it will work.

The transition date from the current Final Progress Report process to the Final RPPR will be a strict one. If you have a progress report due, and you want to use the old format, it must be submitted prior to January 1, 2017. Any final progress report submitted on after January 1, 2017 must be submitted as a F-RPPR.

Read more:

NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-17-022 – NIH Implementation of Final Research Performance Progress Reports (Final RPPR)

eRA Information: Final RPPR To Be Used Effective Jan. 1, 2017

eRA items of Interest: Please Call it “Final RPPR”


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