Some NIH programs, such as fellowship and mentored career development awards, require the submission of reference letters. PIs designate 3-5 referees to submit letters directly through eRA Commons that are then linked to their submitted applications.
The eRA Commons screens for submitting reference letters were recently updated to enhance user experience, security, and stability (see New Look and Feel for Submit Reference Letter Screen in eRA Commons). Since many of our resources were updated to reflect the new link used for submitting a reference letter, we thought a resource roundup was in order.
- How to Apply – Application Guide: Reference Letters – general guidance including tips for selecting referees, instruction documents to provide to referees (Fellowship, Career Development), and an overview of the submission processes
- Reference Letter FAQs
- Video Tutorial for Submitting Reference Letters – this short (less than 5 minute) video guides referees through the process of submitting reference letters through the eRA Commons
- Have a Referee Submit a Reference Letter – includes step-by-step instructions for using eRA Commons to submit reference letters, screenshots of the information requested through the system; and links to online system documentation
- Reference Letters vs. Letters of Support: What’s the Difference – previous Nexus article
Reference letters are only required and only accepted when specifically requested in a funding opportunity announcement. When requested, refer to these resources for a smooth submission process.