Progress Reports


  • All progress reports with detailed budgets must be entered into UFIRST Proposals and routed through the appropriate units for approval (Proposal type continuation).
  • This generally includes all progress reports submitted to NIH for P, T, and U awards as well as any other progress reports requiring detailed budgets.
  • As these budgets often differ from the original proposal and can include cost shared effort and modifications to the original commitments, they require a full review.
  • If the report is covering a budget period within the award’s competitive segment, we use the definition of “life of the award” for the purposes of retaining the originally awarded F&A rate.

NIH Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR)

The RPPR is used by grantees to submit progress reports to NIH on their grant awards. This page provides an overview of the types of RPPRs and provides resources to help you understand how to submit a progress report. 

Types of RPPRs

Progress reports document grantee recipient accomplishments and compliance with terms of award. There are three types of RPPRs, all of which use the NIH RPPR Instruction Guide.

  • Annual RPPR – Use to describe a grant’s scientific progress, identify significant changes, report on personnel, and describe plans for the subsequent budget period or year.
  • Final RPPR – Use as part of the grant closeout process to submit project outcomes in addition to the information submitted on the annual RPPR, except budget and plans for the upcoming year.
  • Interim RPPR – Use when submitting a renewal (Type 2) application. If the Type 2 is not funded, the Interim RPPR will serve as the Final RPPR for the project. If the Type 2 is funded, the Interim RPPR will serve as the annual RPPR for the final year of the previous competitive segment. The data elements collected on the Interim RPPR are the same as for the Final RPPR, including project outcomes.

There is no RPPR form available for download. Submit RPPR data through the eRA Commons. The links for each type of RPPR are accessed through the Commons Status tab. The Interim RPPR link will also be accessed through the Commons Status tab. It will appear one day after the project segment end date, but before it has moved to closeout. The Final RPPR link will become available through the closeout module once the grant is eligible for closeout.

Only the project director/principal investigator (PD/PI) or their PD/PI delegate can initiate RPPRs. For multi-PD/PI grants only the Contact PI or the Contact PD/PI’s delegate can initiate the RPPR.

Signing officials must submit the RPPR for non-SNAP awards (including the Interim or Final RPPR). For SNAP awards only, the PD/PI is delegated the ability to submit directly to NIH.

Follow the instructions in the RPPR User Guide to submit the RPPR, Interim RPPR or Final RPPR. The User Guide includes instructions for how to submit your RPPRs in the eRA Commons.

Annual RPPR Due Dates

  • Streamlined Non-Competing Award Process (SNAP) RPPRs are due approximately 45 days before the next budget period start date.
  • Non-SNAP RPPRs are due approximately 60 days before the next budget period start date.
  • Mutli-year funded (MYF) RPPRs are due annually on or before the anniversary of the budget/project period start date of the award.
  • The exact start date for a specific award may be found in grants status in eRA Commons.

Interim and Final RPPR Dues Dates

  • 120 days from period of performance end date for the competitive segment

Search this report of pending progress reports due within the next 4 months for an organization by IPF number.

For additional information, visit the NIH Grants webpage.