NIH eRA Commons User IDs Now Mandatory for Graduate and Undergraduate Students as of October 2014 on RPPRs
As of October 2014 NIH has implemented a requirement that all individuals in graduate and undergraduate student roles who participate in NIH-funded projects for at least one person month or more must have an eRA Commons User ID, and a completed Personal Profile section in their Commons account. The IDs are now required in the All Personnel section of NIH progress reports, known as the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR). RPPRs lacking the eRA Commons ID for Graduate and Undergraduate Students will receive an error, and the RPPR will not be able to be submitted without a User ID/Commons account for each student. The User ID requirement also still applies to all individuals with the PD/PI role and the Postdoc role.
If you need to request a new eRA Commons account for a student or other individual, complete a Request eRA Commons Account form from the GCO website, have it signed by the account holder and appropriate department or division person, and email to the GCO at email@example.com. See the full NIH Notice for more information on this requirement.