Most funding organizations provide guidelines outlining what they want to see within your progress report. The number and frequency of reports also varies from sponsor to sponsor. Please refer to your individual award for more specific information. However, if they have not specified what the report should contain, there are some basic elements that are consistently required:
- Results and Impact of the Project
- Lessons Learned
- Sustainability Plans
Research Performance Progress Reports via www.Research.gov
National Science Foundation (NSF)
In early spring 2013, the National Science Foundation (NSF) will completely transfer all project reporting from FastLane to Research.gov (it is currently voluntary). This means that Principal Investigators (PIs) and Co-PIs will use Research.gov to meet all NSF project reporting requirements, including submission of:
Annual and Interim Project Reports, and
the Project Outcomes Report.
The new Project Reporting Dashboard will make it easier for PIs, Co-PIs, and Sponsored Project Office (SPO) staff to see which reports are due or overdue, and will provide access to all reports submitted to NSF. Research.gov provides research-related information and grants management services in one location. Research.gov is the modernization of FastLane, providing the next generation of grants management capabilities for the research community.
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
The RPPR is required for all awards issued under the Streamlined Non-competing Award Process (SNAP), and all F awards, with budget start dates on or after July 1, 2013. NIH continues development of the RPPR for non-SNAP awards, including complex and training awards, and will update the community as progress is made in that regard.
NIH anticipates piloting the RPPR for non-SNAP awards in calendar year 2013. Paper submissions of the PHS 2590 for non-SNAP awards and all Training awards will be accepted until further notice
Once a progress report has been initiated as either an RPPR or an eSNAP, the only way to change the progress report format is with the assistance of the eRA Help Desk at Commons Support (1-866-504-9552 or firstname.lastname@example.org). It may take eRA up to 2 business days to reset the progress report so the user can initiate a progress report in a different format. To minimize any issues and delays, institutions may wish to advise investigators of this new alternative so they can decide in advance whether they wish to use the RRPR or eSNAP (or paper for Fellowships) for a progress report.
SNAP RPPRs are due the 15th of the month preceding the month in which the budget period ends. Fellowship progress reports are due two months before the beginning date of the next budget period.