The Final Research Performance Progress Report (F-RPPR) will replace the Final Progress Report (FPR) for grants closeout, effective January 1, 2017. The F-RPPR will be available for use in eRA Commons on January 1, 2017.
What This Means for You
If you have a final progress report due, and you wish to use the old FPR format of an uploaded document, you must submit the FPR before January 1, 2017. NIH will no longer accept any of the old format FPRs on or after January 1, 2017.
The format of the Final RPPR is very similar to that of the annual RPPR, the notable differences being the F-RPPR does not have sections F (Changes) and H (Budget).
Also, please note that just as with annual RPPRs, once completed, you will need to route the F-RPPR to your SPO so they can submit it.
The F-RPPR does have a new section: Section I (Outcomes). Project Outcomes (Section I) will be made publicly available, allowing recipients the opportunity to provide the general public with a concise summary of the public significance of the research
A significant change with implementation of the F-RPPR, is that in order to maximize public transparency, NIH will not maintain the current Type 2 policy which in accordance with NIHGPS Chapter 8.6.2 states that “whether funded or not” the progress report contained in the Type 2 application may serve in lieu of a separate final progress report. As a standard policy, NIH will request that organizations submit an “Interim-RPPR” while their renewal application (Type 2) is under consideration. In the event that the Type 2 is funded, NIH will treat the Interim-RPPR as the annual performance report for the final year of the previous competitive segment. If the Type 2 is not funded, the Interim-RPPR will be treated by NIH staff as the institution’s Final-RPPR
Deadline Remains Unchanged
The deadlines for submitting a Final RPPR remain the same – no later than 120 days from the project end date.
The NIH says that FAQs and additional information pertaining to NIH’s implementation of the F-RPPR, including instructions, will be available on the NIH RPPR website in the near future.