Spring Brings Computing Clouds and eRA Downtime

With the coming of spring, eRA modules and data will be migrated to the Amazon Web Services cloud.  From 8 a.m. ET on Friday, April 17 to 8 p.m. ET on Monday, April 20, all eRA modules will be unavailable. This effort will affect all the eRA modules (eRA Commons, ASSIST, IAR, iEdison, etc.) and informational websites (era.nih.gov, etc.). Any affected due dates will be extended and the 2-day viewing window for successfully submitted applications will be adjusted to provide the full two days.

These migration dates were carefully selected to reduce the impact on the grantee community. Standard submission due dates, continuous submission, small business due dates, review meetings, etc. were examined, and April 17 to April 20 worked out to be the most optimal time for this migration.

Cloud computing provides us with a number of advantages. These include improved security, reliability, and scalability. Additional communications will be provided as we get closer to the migration dates.

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