New to eRA Commons?


Sometimes when you are trying something for the first time, it can appear to be somewhat confusing, intimidating, and possibly overwhelming.  eRA is continuously developing new resources for our applicants and grantees to eliminate that perception. Recently eRA has focused on ways to help people new to navigating eRA Commons for the NIH grant application, award, and reporting processes. Because these processes require attention to detail and patience, it can often be overwhelming for those who have never done it before.

With that in mind, a new link has been added to the eRA home page that asks, simply, are you New to eRA Commons? This link takes you to an infographic that highlights the major steps of navigating eRA Commons for the NIH grant process, from tracking an application to closeout.  This high level overview will help new users understand the scope of eRA Commons and the NIH grant process without overloading them with details.

And while that infographic looks at the overall process, an additional resource that you will find at the bottom of that page, SO and PI Privileges in eRA Commons, helps outline who is responsible for completing the steps highlighted in the New to eRA Commons steps. While not all-inclusive, this will help many new Signing Officials (SOs) and Principal Investigators (PIs) understand their different responsibilities for managing NIH grant applications and awards via eRA Commons.

So take a look today and pass on these resources to any newbies.  It might just help them along the way.


  1. I have heard that, once established, the eRA commons account stays with the PI. It would be useful to know what happens when the PI changes institutions and thus the Signing Official changes.

    1. Yes, Program Directors/Principal Investigators should only have one eRA Commons account throughout their career. If they move, the Signing Official or Accounts Administrator at the new institution should affiliate their existing account in eRA Commons.

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