Explore xTRACT Before Its Required Use in FY 2020


There is much to explore on xTRACT, an electronic system for creating research training data table and tracking trainee outcomes that has been available on a pilot basis in the eRA Commons since 2015. In the xTRACT system, users can:

  • access data already available in the eRA Commons to pre-populate their tables with information;
  • retrieve publication information from PubMed;
  • upload selected training-related data from their institutions to the xTRACT system in batches; and
  • copy data already entered for one application or progress report into another.

Beginning with RPPRs due on or after October 1, 2019 (FY 2020), recipients must use the xTRACT system to create the required training tables for submission with NIH and AHRQ T15, T32, T90/R90, and TL1 progress reports. While it is not mandatory to use xTRACT for new and renewal applications for the specified types of training grants, it may be required in future years.

Gain experience with xTRACT before it is required with helpful resources such as the user guide, instructional videos, and FAQs, available on the eRA website. For more details on its required use and implementation, see the full Guide Notice.

One comment

  1. I have comment about training opportunities provided for graduate students under extramural research grants like R01. Why NIH does not have any guidelines for this training or stipend recommendations.
    If training would be more formalized under research awards that would allow to expand F31 type of opportunities for many more students who currently have not been able to get highly competitive F31 awards or be eligible for T32.

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