Progress reports are required annually by most federal agencies to document grantee accomplishments and compliance with award terms. They describe scientific progress, identify key changes, report on personnel, and outline plans for the subsequent budget period or year.
In an effort to streamline this complex information, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has mandated a standard reporting format: the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) entails a uniform submission format for required annual or other performance reporting of grant and cooperative agreements with all federal agencies.
The National Science Foundation is spearheading this effort and has provided information on each agency’s implementation plan (see the NSF webpage for details).
The National Institutes of Health is currently piloting the RPPR for many of its regular research awards. Members of the Federal Demonstration Partnership, including the University of Minnesota, are a part of this pilot. Approximately 12 RPPRs were submitted in July in lieu of the traditional format. U of M principal investigators with progress reports due this fall and winter will also be invited to participate.
The NIH is mandating use of the new reporting system by March 2013 (see the NIH webpage for details). Beginning in September, Sponsored Projects Administration will offer training for departmental administrators who want to assist their faculty in learning the RPPR format.
Post by Frances Spalding, SPA coordinator