Office of Research & Development

Federal-wide Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) for VA Investigators

The White House, through its Office of Management and Budget and Office of Science and Technology, in its April 21, 2010 memorandum to the heads of executive departments and agencies, mandated that Federal agencies implement a Federal-wide research performance progress report (RPPR) for submission of required annual or other interim performance reporting on research and cooperative agreement awards to standardize recipient reporting on Federally-funded research projects. The annual requirement to submit a progress report allows for the documentation of awardee accomplishments and compliance with terms of award and describes the scientific progress, identifies significant changes, reports on personnel, and describes plans for the subsequent budget period or year.

The Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Research and Development, in response to this mandate, now requires investigators (with electronically submitted applications in eRA) to submit progress reports using the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) Electronic Research Administration (eRA) Commons RPPR Module.

The RPPR is due 45 days before the next budget period start date. The PI will receive three notifications from NIH eRA Commons when their RPPR is due:

  • 1st notice 60 days before the due date
  • 2nd notice 30 days before the due date
  • 3rd notice on the due date

Non-eRA system based awards will continue with submission of annual reports based on instructions provided by the awarding R&D Service within VA-ORD.

Instruction Guide

When completing a RPPR for a VA-ORD funded award, you MUST follow the VA-ORD Instruction Guides. It is important to review the VA-ORD instructions as there are sections where specific VA-ORD information is requested that differs from that noted within the NIH progress report template.

- Part 1 Format and Navigation

- Part 2 Completing a RPPR

Frequently Asked Questions


Questions about the VA-ORD RPPR Instruction Guides should be directed to the VHA CO RDO ERA Mailbox.

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