The RPPR is completed using eRA Commons. The report in Commons consists of separate screens for each of the sections listed below:
A. Cover Page
D. Participants (only section D.1 for FRPPR)
F. Changes (not used for FRPPR)
G. Special Reporting Requirements
H. Budget (not used for FRPPR)
I. Outcomes (only used for FRPPR)
Users can work on various sections in any order; however, it is important to click the Save button at the bottom of a screen to retain data entered on that screen. Upon submission to the awarding agency, the system generates a PDF of the progress report, which you can view from the RPPR Menu screen by clicking an award's three-dot ellipsis menu and selecting the View RPPR as PDF button.
Once submitted, the Final RPPR, in PDF format, is accessible in Commons via the Status Information screen. Refer to Viewing the RPPR in Commons
A detailed instruction guide exists online featuring additional field-by-field guidance for completing the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR). Refer to the NIH and Other PHS Agency RPPR Instruction Guide (https://grants.nih.gov/grants/rppr/rppr_instruction_guide.pdf) for completing Sections A-I of the RPPR.
NOTE: PDF uploads for the D.2.b New Senior/Key Personnel and D.2.c Changes in Other Support sections are required to be a flattened PDF. A flattened PDF is one that does not have fillable forms or other layers, such as movable images. The easiest way to flatten a PDF using Adobe Acrobat Reader is to print the document, but choose the “Print to PDF” option in the Print dialog, and save to a new file name when prompted. If you attempt to upload and save a file that is not a flattened PDF, you see this error message, "Error Uploading PDF. Please ensure all files are flattened. ....".