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New xTRACT System Requirement for All NIH and AHRQ Training Grant Progress Reports

NIH Notice Number: NOT-OD-19-108

NIH and AHRQ have announced that training grant recipients will be required to use the xTRACT system in the eRA Commons to prepare the required data tables for Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPRs) for pre- and postdoctoral research training grants beginning in FY 2020.  


Beginning with RPPRs due on or after October 1, 2019 (FY 2020), recipients must create the required training data tables for submission with NIH and AHRQ T15, T32, T90/R90, and TL1 progress reports via the xTRACT system.  System validations in the RPPR module will check to ensure that uploaded PDFs of the data tables were created via xTRACT, and users will not be able to submit RPPRs that are not in compliance.  Guidance on preparing the required tables for the RPPR are available in the xTRACT User Guide and on the Data Tableswebsite.    

The use of xTRACT to prepare the data tables for new and renewal applications for the specified types of training grants (i.e., T15, T32, T90/R90, and TL1) will not be mandatory in FY 2020 but may be required in future years.  Applicants for new or renewal training grant awards are encouraged to take steps now to gain experience with the system prior to its required use.  New users may wish to explore the xTRACT resources available on the eRA website, including instructional videos and FAQs.

Recipients of other types of predoctoral, postdoctoral, and career-level training, education, and career development awards that currently use training data tables (e.g., T37, R25, K12/KL2 awards) will not be required to use the xTRACT system to prepare tables for RPPRs in FY 2020.  Recipients of these awards can continue to use the system on a pilot basis, however they may wish to wait for future editions of xTRACT, which are expected to include features and instructions tailored to their specific types of programs. 


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