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Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR)

The RPPR is used by recipients to submit progress reports to NIH on their grant awards.

This page provides an overview of the annual RPPR, the final RPPR and the interim RPPR and provides resources to help you understand how to submit a progress report.

Types of RPPRs

Progress reports document recipient accomplishments and compliance with terms of award. There are three types of RPPRs, all of which use the NIH RPPR Instruction Guide or RPPR module online help.

Annual RPPR
Used to describe a grant’s scientific progress, identify significant changes, report on personnel, and describe plans for the subsequent budget period or year. (When complete, check for errors then route to OSP when completed)
Final RPPR

Used as part of the grant closeout process to submit project outcomes in addition to the information submitted on the annual RPPR, except budget and plans for the upcoming year.

(Alert OSP via when this is complete.)

Interim RPPR

Used when submitting a renewal (Type 2) application. If the Type 2 is not funded, the Interim RPPR will serve as the Final RPPR for the project. If the Type 2 is funded, the Interim RPPR will serve as the annual RPPR for the final year of the previous competitive segment. The data elements collected on the Interim RPPR are the same as for the Final RPPR, including project outcomes.

(Alert OSP via when this is complete.)

Video – How to Write your NIH progress report

Video – Interim and Final Research Performance Progress Reports

Due Dates

Annual RPPR Due Dates:

Streamlined Non-Competing Award Process (SNAP) RPPRs are due approximately 45 days before the next budget period start date.

  • Non-SNAP RPPRs are due approximately 60 days before the next budget period start date.
  • Multi-year funded (MYF) RPPRs are due annually on or before the anniversary of the budget/project period start date of the award.
  • The exact start date for a specific award may be found in grants status in eRA Commons
Interim and Final RPPR Dues Dates:
120 days from period of performance end date for the competitive segments

General overview of what is needed in your RPPR

We recommend PI’s work with their departmental administrators in compiling information for your report. You can delegate access so that they may assist you with entry and review prior to routing to OSP.

Section A - Cover Page
  • A.2 Signing Official should be Brenda Murrell.
  • A.3 Administrative Official Information should be Brenda Murrell
Section B. Accomplishments
  • B.2 - NIH requires up to two pages of accomplishments exclusive of graphs and charts.
  • B.4 - Training and Professional Development - Any opportunities for training and professional development on the project should be reported. For T, F, K, R25, R13, D43 and other awards or award components designed to provide training and professional development opportunities, a response is required. If an IDP is required for your progress report, please consult with College of Graduate Health Sciences for more information.
Section C. Products

C.1 - Please make sure that all publications are compliant. Non-compliant RPPRs can delay the continuance of your award. If they are not compliant when the RPPR is submitted, an automated email will be sent to the PI asking for the additional items to be submitted to bring the publications into compliance. It is easier to fix this prior to submitting your report. For issues with compliance - Please see the NIH Public Access Policy for more detail on the policy. Compliance Statuses showing in My NCBI and the RPPR.

Complaint Non-complaint

1. Complete

2. N/A (not applicable)

3. PMC Journal In Process

4. In process at NIHMS


Video: Working on your RPPR? Learn how to report publications using My Bibliography 

NCBI Support Center or NIH Public Access Helpful Links - Either way you choose, a helpdesk representative usually responds to your email inquiry within 24-48 hours.

  • C.2 - C.5 - Publications and Inventions – Publications, presentations, website(s) or other Internet site, inventions, patent applications, and/or licenses should be listed in this section
Section D. Participants
  • D1. - The names and effort of all personnel that have worked at least one person-month on the project during the reporting period, regardless of the source of compensation. The PD/PI’s effort must be listed even if it was less than 1.0 calendar month. As a reminder, all PD/PIs on NIH awards are required to have measurable effort and to report it. An eRA Commons username for any project director/principal investigator’s (PD/PI’s) and staff reported on the RPPR (grad student, postdoc, PI).
  • D.2.a - Changes in Level of Effort – In the next budget period and if applicable, report any reduction of 25% or more in the level of effort from what was approved by the agency for the PD/PI(s) or other Senior/Key personnel designated in the Notice of Award, or a reduction in level of effort below the minimum amount of effort allowed by the Notice of Award. An explanation is also required.
  • D.2.b. - New Senior/Key Personnel – If reporting new senior/key personnel, a biosketch is required.
  • D.2.c - Changes in Other Support – If there have been changes in the active Other Support of Senior/Key personnel since the last reporting period, an updated Other Support page is required to be included with a digital signature. Any changes from the previous reporting period must be labeled clearly as to what has changed from the previous submission (please note this is not needed for a Final RPPR).

Other support additional information and NIH template

Section F. Changes
  • Significant changes in any human subjects, vertebrate animal, biohazards, and/or select agents.
Section G. Special Reporting Requirements

G.4 -Human subjects - If applicable - remember to fully update your ASSIST record including any enrollment tables. You must validate and set the status of your ASSIST record to “ready for submission” before it can be submitted to NIH. Reminder: OSP reviewers do not have access to and cannot view your record.

ASSIST online help or ASSIST PDF User guide

G.8 - Report any project/performance sites – remember to include any sub-award sites

G.10 - Unobligated Balance/Carryover greater than 25% - Report if there will be an anticipated estimated unobligated balance (including prior year carryover) greater than 25% of the current year’s total approved budget and if so, provide an explanation in G.10.b and G.10.c. Please reach out to your departmental administrators if you need assistance in reporting this numbers.

Submitting your RPPR to OSP
  • When complete, check for errors then route to OSP when completed (Please select Michelle Lester when routing.)
  • Please email to notify our office when your Final or Interim RPPR has been completed. We do not receive notifications when these are complete.
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Jun 10, 2024