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Remember that DER is always here to help you navigate any proposal development difficulties and help you successfully prepare and submit your NIH proposal. If you have questions regarding your upcoming NIH proposal, please send an email to email@example.com.
Notification from eRA Communications Office:
May 19, 2021
Subject: eRA Information: Reminder to “Flatten” PDFs for Just-in-Time and RPPR Before Uploading to eRA Commons
eRA Information: Reminder to “Flatten” PDFs for Just-in-Time and RPPR Before Uploading to eRA Commons Wednesday, May 19, 2021
In preparation for the required use of the new biosketch and other support format templates for due dates on or after January 25, 2022, NIH is encouraging applicants and recipients to start using updated templates for applications, Just-in-Time Reports, and Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPRs) submitted for due dates on or after May 25, 2021. For specifics on these changes, please see Guide Notices NOT-OD-21-073 and NOT-OD-21-110.
Because of these changes, we want to remind you of the requirements for uploading PDF documents to eRA Commons. It is important that all PDFs are flattened before upload. PDF files uploaded to Just-in-Time and RPPR in the following sections are now required to be flattened PDFs:
JIT Other Support File section
RPPR Participants section D.2.b New Senior/Key Personnel
RPPR Participants section D.2.c Changes in Other Support
If a PDF for these submissions on or after May 25, 2021 is not flattened before the upload to eRA Commons, this may lead to an error.
PDFs that have fillable fields, electronic signatures, text boxes or images inserted, become layered, with each of these elements representing a layer. Flattening a PDF merges these separate elements into one flat layer.
There are a number of methods to flatten a PDF, the easiest of which is to print it as a PDF (also see instructions).
To do this, go to File>Print, select the printer option from the menu that has a PDF option. Click the Print button and name the file.
In this process, you are exporting the layered PDF to the printer and saving it as a simple (flattened) PDF.
Depending on the software available to you, your options may vary from the one shown above. Other options are available with an Internet search.
electronic Research Administration (eRA)
NIH Office of Extramural Research
Engineering Research Reactivation SharePoint
The Engineering Research Reactivation all-inclusive SharePoint page has helpful reopening resources, important processes, and documents that need to be completed and approved to "return to research". Please request access if prompted.
Where is my "LABORATORY PLAN FOR A SAFE RETURN" in the approval process?
You can see what step of the approval process your plan is on by looking under the “Engineering Research Reactivation” folders on the SharePoint site.
If the plan has been approved by the Department Chair, you can see if it has been sent to VPRI by clicking on “EGR ADR Review” > “At VPRI for Review”. If the plan is in the “At VPRI for Review” folder then it is currently being reviewed by VPRI.
To check to see if your plan has been completely approved by all required departments (DC, EGR Dean's Office, and VPRI), you can click on the “VPRI Final Approved Plans” folder. If your plan is in the “VPRI Final Approved Plans” folder then you approved to return to research. Monique Blackmer (firstname.lastname@example.org) will reach out to you.
Do you need assistance with your NSF Career Proposal? Assistance is available with planning and review/editing of your proposal. For assistance, feel free to contact Shobha Ramanand, Ph.D., Senior Research Specialist, Office of VP for Research& Innovation, Email: email@example.com, Tel. (517) 432-4499. Assistance is also available by contacting Dr. Sara Steenrod (Grant Consultant with OSVPRI), Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The submission deadline for NSF Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) NSF 20-525 is July 26, 2021.
A $55 million effort that will bring experts in the life sciences and engineering together from across universities, foundations, and the private sector to develop a platform that can profile tissue states and predict transitions between states in ways that are impossible today. The full proposal is due between June 29th, 2021 and July 1st, 2021. Learn more Here.
Johnson & Johnson Innovation, together with the R&D organization of DePuy Synthes, announces the Advancing Joint Replacement Surgery QuickFire Challenge. Innovators are invited to submit concepts, prototypes and developed technologies that could potentially address current technology limitations in orthopaedic joint replacement surgery. Learn more Here.