Access IAR

Instructions for logging into eRA Commons to access IAR and for creating an eRA Commons account or adding IAR privileges to the account

IAR is accessed via eRA Commons; therefore, reviewers need an eRA Commons account. When a scientific review officer (SRO) invites a reviewer to a meeting, the reviewer gets emails about next steps in the process (see sample text of emails sent to reviewers).

  • If the reviewer is a principal investigator with an account in eRA Commons, the reviewer can use that account with IAR privileges added.
  • If the reviewer is new to eRA Commons, the reviewer can create a new account after being invited to do so by an SRO.
  • If the reviewer has previously served as a reviewer, he or she can use the previously established eRA Commons account with IAR privileges.

Link to Log in to IAR (via eRA Commons)

NOTE: Reviewers will need to use when invited to a review meeting. On the eRA Commons screen, reviewers will click the logo and be prompted to create a account and to associate it with their Commons account (one-time only). 

See Instructions for Reviewers flyer.  For screenshots and more information, see webpage and 2FA flyer.

  • Once logged in to eRA Commons, you can access IAR in one of two ways:
    1. Click on the IAR button on the left side of the screen (see screenshot further below), or
    2. Click on the apps icon apps menu icon to navigate to other modules on the upper left corner of the screen to access IAR from the drop-down menu (see screenshot further below).

Basic Tasks (step-by-step instructions)*

* You must be logged into IAR via eRA Commons with appropriate role(s) to complete these activities.

Main Screenshots

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Log-in section image Log-in section of the eRA Commons home page

Figure 1: Log in on the eRA Commons login screen.

Once logged into eRA Commons, the eRA Commons landing screen is displayed. There are two ways to access IAR from this screen.


Option 1: Click on the IAR button

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IAR button on left of eRA Commons landing screen

Figure 2: Once logged in, click on the Internet Assisted Review (IAR) button on the eRA Commons landing screen.


Option 2: Click on the on the apps icon apps menu icon to navigate to other modules for a drop-down menu and select IAR.

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"Internet Assisted Review" in drop-down menu

Figure 3: Once logged in, click the apps icon and select Internet Assisted Review at the drop-down menu.


Video Tutorials

  • Reviewers: A Brief Introduction to IAR (video tutorial, 3:19 minutes)
    This short video provides an overview of the Internet Assisted Review (IAR) module. It highlights how to access IAR, steps reviewers need to take before reviewing grant applications and additional resources for reviewers.
  • Reviewers: Received an IAR Invitation. Now What? (video tutorial, 5:10 minutes)
    This tutorial will guide reviewers on how to get started on IAR upon receiving the scientific review invitation emails from SROs.

Other Resources