eRA provides the ability to prepare grant applications and submit electronically via Grants.gov to NIH and eRA’s partner agencies.
ASSIST is NIH’s online system for the preparation, submission and tracking of grant applications through Grants.gov to NIH.
Note: ASSIST can be customized to allow for the submission of applications that are not processed through Grants.gov
In addition to ASSIST, eRA integrates with Grants.gov to support the processing of applications submitted in the following two ways:
Institutional Solutions — System-to-System (S2S)
An institution’s own in-house system or a system through a commercial service provider to prepare and submit application data to Grants.gov complying with all application requirements
A shared, online environment managed by Grants.gov where multiple users may simultaneously work on different forms within an application package.
eRA provides the ability to set up and manage user accounts and
allow applicant organizations to maintain their institutional
profile information in the eRA Commons module. eRA also provides the
ability for principal investigators to maintain their personal
profile and delegate tasks in eRA Commons. Institutional officials
and individuals working in a variety of roles on a grant application
or award must have eRA Commons accounts to manage a grant
application or award.
Please click on the links to learn more.
eRA Module: Account Management System (AMS) via
The Account Management System (AMS) is a module to create, manage and search existing accounts in the eRA Commons, iEdison, and ASSIST modules as well as eRA modules used by agency staff.
eRA Module: Personal Profile (PPF) - via eRA
The Personal Profile (PPF) in the eRA Commons module is a central repository of information on all eRA Commons registered users, with the content being maintained by the users.
eRA Module:Institutional Profile (IPF) - via eRA
The Institution Profile (IPF) module is a central repository of information for all applicant organizations registered in eRA Commons, with each organization establishing and maintaining data on their own profile.
Understanding eRA Commons Accounts
eRA Commons accounts fall into three basic categories: administrative, scientific, and other. Read how these accounts are created, affiliated with an institution, and managed.
Create and Edit an Account
Learn how to manage accounts, using the Account Management System (AMS) in the eRA Commons module. AMS is a user-friendly module to create, manage and search existing accounts in eRA Commons and ASSIST.
Access to eRA Commons and its modules is determined by the designated roles of its users. Depending on their assigned role, users are granted different authorities to perform specific functions in the eRA Commons module.
Users can delegate authority to perform specific functions to other eRA Commons users. Delegations include the ability to update Personal Profile information for principal investigators; view application status information; manage trainee information for training grants; work on financial conflict of interest information; work on all types of progress reports and Human Subject System (HSS) data; and more.
Manage Personal Profile
The Personal Profile module in the Commons module is the central repository of information for all Commons registered users. It is designed so that individual eRA system users can hold and maintain ownership of the accuracy of their own profile information.