eRA Will Require the Use of to Access eRA Commons, ASSIST, IAR and Commons Mobile in 2021


Users will be required to use two-factor authentication (2FA) through to access eRA Commons, ASSIST, Internet Assisted Review (IAR), and Commons Mobile by September 15, 2021. This secure 2FA allows users to log in to four different grants systems (eRA,, and Payment Management System) using the same credentials.

We first shared information about eRA initiating the use of 2FA as part of HHS’ Reinvent Grants Management Initiative in April 2020.

eRA is first phasing in the requirement for reviewers using IAR. The new requirement started being phased in December 14, 2020, for reviewers, meeting by meeting, effective for review meetings February 1, 2021 and beyond. As reviewers are enabled for meetings, their accounts will be transitioned to require to access IAR.

All users of eRA Commons, ASSIST, IAR and Commons Mobile are encouraged to switch to 2FA through now, before the mandatory deadline of September 2021.

For more information on making 2FA a requirement, please see Guide Notice NOT-OD-21-040.



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