Progress Reports

​In the spring of 2010, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a directive to federal agencies regarding the implementation of the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) module in an effort to standardize the information that is being requested and collected from the funded agencies, reduce administrative burden and costs on the grantees and the funding agency, and streamline the data that is collected across all Federal agencies.

The NIH began requiring its grantees to submit all Type 5 progress reports, including non-SNAP eligible and multi-project grants, via the RPPR module in the eRA Commons as of October 17, 2014.

The Principal Investigator may submit either a SNAP- or NON-SNAP-eligible Type 5 Progress Report. The Notice of Award document specifies which type of progress report is to be submitted for each award in the Terms and Conditions section. Please see definitions below for SNAP and NON-SNAP:

  • Streamlined Non-Competing Award Process (SNAP): is a streamlined process that includes a number of provisions that modify annual progress reports, NOAs, and financial reports. Unobligated balances of under 25% are automatically carried over to the next budget year, without prior approval. All NIH award notices identify whether the grant is subject to or excluded from SNAP. For more information on SNAP, click here.
  • Non-streamlined Non-Competing Award Process (Non-SNAP): is not a streamlined process or subject to the SNAP provisions and typically includes a detailed budget in the RPPR module in eRA Commons.

Note: Effective February 16, 2011, the campus delegated submission authority to the Principal Investigator for all SNAP-eligible progress reports. Internal paperwork is not required for these proposals.

Note: Effective Immediately, RPPR due notices will no longer be sent to Fund Managers directly. Instead, HS SPPO will email the HS Contacts listserv when the RPPR due reports are posted to the website.

Paid Direct Foreign Students & Post Docs

Prior to supplementing any Paid Direct from federal funds need to ensure the terms and condition allow and request prior approval. Note: NIH does not allow this. You will need to use discretionary funds if you plan to or are supplementing your Paid Direct. 

Additionally, you must disclose on the NIH application and RPPR that the Paid Direct visiting foreign student or scholar is working on the grant

  • For G.9 Foreign component report, here is approved template language you can use on your RPPR:
    • X were visiting graduate students from X Foreign University. They were financially supported by a scholarship from the foreign government, which covered their living expenses in San Diego, with no fund brought here to support their research work in the lab at UCSD. All the research work and experimental data reported in our most recent paper were done in Dr.’s X UCSD lab.

SNAP-eligible Progress Report Requirements

If the PI has been delegated authority to submit SNAP-eligible Progress Reports to the NIH directly, and a SNAP-eligible noncompeting continuation is due to the Sponsor, then no internal documentation needs to be prepared. The PI, and all Key Personnel on the project, will still need to submit their FCOI disclosures to the Conflict of Interest Office.
If the award involves animal and/or human subjects, protocol verification will be conducted once the NOA is received by OCGA.
SNAP-eligible progress reports are due 45 days prior to the start of the next Budget Period

Non-SNAP eligible Progress Report Requirements

For Progress Reports that are non-SNAP eligible, Central Office review and submission is still necessary as Central Office holds delegation of authority to submit all budgetary information to the Sponsor; the PI will not have the option to Submit appear in that type of RPPR progress report.
In the case of a non-SNAP eligible Progress Report, please refer to the Minimum Requirements Page for what the HS SPPO analysts will need in order to review and submit the Type 5 application.

Please see the Review Priorities document which outlines both the department's and HS SPPO's responsibilities in reviewing non-SNAP RPPRs.

HS SPPO will also verify IRB protocols and IACUC protocols, if needed, at time of progress report submission.
Non-SNAP eligible progress reports are due 60 days prior to the start of the next budget period. FCOI disclosures must also be submitted to the Conflict of Interest Office.