Pilot Starting May 15 to Improve NIH R&D Contracts Project Data


NIH is launching a pilot on May 15, 2023, to improve the quality, accuracy, and transparency of project data for awarded NIH R&D contracts to promote the highest level of public accountability (see NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-23-115).

Six contract vendors have been selected to participate in the pilot. These vendors will directly enter select project data for their awarded R&D contracts in eRA systems, replacing the process of sending the information on a PDF form 1688 for manual entry by NIH staff. The data, once approved by the NIH Contract Project Officer, will be displayed to the public through RePORTER and the Categorical Spending page.

The vendors will directly enter the following information in eRA Commons for projects associated with new contract awards and new task orders during the pilot, within 15 days of the request from NIH staff:

  • Principal Investigator
  • Major Subdivision and Department Name
  • Project title
  • Abstract
  • Specific aims
  • Public health relevance
  • Use of human subjects
  • Use of vertebrate animals
  • Use of chimpanzees, and
  • Use of human embryonic stem cells

The pilot will run from May 15 through October 2023 and is scheduled for evaluation from November to December 2023. The full rollout is tentatively planned for early 2024, pending results of the pilot. For resources and background, please see the Submitting Data on R&D Contracts webpage.

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