Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR)

What is an RPPR?

Progress reports are required annual submissions that document grantee accomplishments and compliance with the terms of the award. They describe scientific progress, identify significant changes, report on personnel, and describe plans for the subsequent budget period or year and are submitted in eRACommons. If you require a Commons ID, please contact Michael Camp or Christen Parzych

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has mandated that federal agencies implement a federal-wide research performance report (RPPR) for submission of required annual or other interim performance reporting on research grant and cooperative agreement awards to standardize recipient reporting on federally funded research projects. 

Each federal agency has a different implementation timeline. Please refer to the specific terms and conditions of the award. For NSF these timelines are available on the RPPR website.

What kind of information does the RPPR collect?

The RPPR asks for data and compliance information that you previously may not have provided at the interim report stage. The draft format provides the questions and fields required for the RPPR. 

This includes: 

  1. Basic institutional and project identifying data
  2. Accomplishments from past activity period and goals for the upcoming activity period (<2 pages) 
  3. Outcomes or products from the activity, such as technologies and publications
  4. Participants, including all persons that have contributed significantly to the activity, the role, their activity, and their funding support. This section also asks about collaborators, including foreign collaborators. Key personnel encompass those who have substantive, measurable contributions to the project
  5. Impact of the project and major contributions: e.g. to the discipline, human resources (teaching, training), public knowledge, social conditions
  6. Changes to the project: delay in plans, changes in approach, compliance (animal use, human subjects involvement, biohazards), project expenditures