eRA Reminder: Transition Early to Use of to Access eRA Commons, ASSIST, IAR and Commons Mobile

Users of eRA Commons, ASSIST, Internet Assisted Review (IAR) and Commons Mobile are encouraged to begin their switchover now to the new two-factor authentication (2FA) login method to access those modules, before the mandatory deadline of September 15, 2021 for all users.

The new secure two-factor authentication login method involves users creating an account at, a centralized government portal, and associating their eRA Commons or ASSIST account with it.  The user must initiate the process from eRA Commons or ASSIST by clicking the login option on the Commons or ASSIST home screen, which will then redirect the user to Users only need to do this association one time.  

Note that reviewers have begun the transition to using to access the IAR module via eRA Commons in a phased manner, review meeting by meeting. The first batch of reviewers, with meetings starting on February 1 and beyond, had their IAR accounts transitioned to require the use of on December 14, 2020. The transition will continue daily as reviewers are enabled for review meetings held on or after February 1, and until all reviewers are using

Users of eRA Commons, Commons Mobile and ASSIST are free to switch at any time to and we encourage them to start now, rather than waiting for the September deadline. This secure two-factor authentication allows external users to log into multiple HHS systems (eRA,, and Payment Management System) using the same credentials while enhancing the security and integrity of access to data in eRA systems.



 (Original message sent Monday, December 14, 2020 at 8:07 a.m. ET)