Transitioning To and Using

As part of federal government security policies, eRA is moving to two-factor authentication for accessing its external modules, meaning that log-in will require something you know (password) and something you have (a phone or other device). If you see Closeda message that states your account is required to use two-factor authentication to access NIH/eRA systems, then it is required that you transition to using or other two-factor authentication method (such as InCommon Federated). This topic outlines transitioning to using for accessing eRA systems.

Users of eRA Commons, IAR, and ASSIST must transition to the use of credentials, instead of their Commons username and password, to log in (unless they have access to InCommon Federated login with their organization). eRA will begin a phased approach beginning on September 15, 2021 for enforcing the two-factor authentication requirement for the NIH recipient community as described in Two-Factor Authentication: Access eRA Modules via .

IMPORTANT: Please note that using means you will have two separate accounts for eRA Commons.
- You will have an eRA Commons User ID and password
- You will additionally setup a account with its own separate User ID and password
After setting up, you will still need to know and maintain your eRA Commons account credentials (and change the password once per year), but you will use credentials to log in.

Commons Login Options

Log In with

This method uses, after a one-time associating of the account with the eRA Commons account. Groups of reviewers are being migrated during 2021; if you are a reviewer attempting to log in and you are redirected to create a account, that means that you are among a group currently being migrated to mandatory use of Other Commons and ASSIST users are encouraged to start using as soon as possible before the September 15 deadline.

If you have trouble with the process, try these two support sources:

You will continue to retain and maintain the eRA username and password after registering with; however you must always use to log into eRA Commons after creating the account creating and associating it with your eRA credentials. See

• Make sure your eRA Commons account is active and unlocked, and you know your account password; if you are unsure of the password, then use the Forgot Password/Unlock Account link located below the Username and Password fields on the eRA Commons home screen to change your password (Closedsee screenshot below).
• Also, ensure that you not are not using old bookmarked URLs to access eRA Commons. The URL for eRA Commons is
• Ensure your eRA Commons account is active. If your eRA Commons account is inactive, you must contact the eRA signing official/administrative official (SO/AO) at your institution for assistance to activate your account.

Commons Login Options

For those who use InCommon federated credentials, NIH is working with the InCommon Federation community to determine if and when that service could implement the necessary two-factor authentication processes to allow that login method to continue in the future.

Detailed Steps and Troubleshooting