University of Pittsburgh NIH eRA Commons
Registration Request Form

To be registered on the NIH eRA Commons, fill in the fields below. Please provide complete information. Use the tab key to move from field to field. Click the Submit By Email button when you have completed the form.

At this time the Office of Research is registering individuals for the role of Principal Investigator (PI), for the role of Sponsor (SPONSOR), for the role of Postdoctoral Associate or other Postdoctoral positions (POSTDOC) or for the role of Assistant (ASST) on the NIH Commons.

A Project Director/Principal Investigator (P.D./P.I.) must be registered on the NIH eRA Commons with the role of PI to submit proposals to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). A P.D./P.I. who is registered on the NIH eRA Commons will be able to check the status of his/her proposals by logging into the Commons at The registered P.D./P.I. will also be able to electronically supply Just-In-Time information and eSNAP (non competing progress report) information. (For additional information on these matters, see our Agency Electronic Research Administration (eRA) Systems web page.)

A Sponsor (Mentor) of Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA of individual fellows must be registered on the NIH eRA Commons with the role of SPONSOR because sponsors/mentors must participate in the termination process of the fellowship (xTrain Termination of Fellowships Quick Reference Guide for Institution Users)

A Postdoctoral Associate or someone with a similar Postdoctoral position must be registered with the role of POSTDOC on the Commons if that person is in a project role and has provided or is providing measurable effort on a project for at least one person month or more (New Requirement for eRA Commons User Ids for Individuals in a Postdoctoral Project Role with Measurable Effort on an NIH Annual Progress Report (PHS 2590)  NOTE: The Commons Postdoctoral role should NOT be used for individuals submitting Individual Fellowship applications.  The PI role will continue to be used for those submissions.

Users with the role of ASST (Assistant) will initially have no access other than updating their own personal profile but a given P.D./P.I. with the role of PI will be able to delegate a person with the ASST role the authority to aid the P.D./P.I. with eSNAP submittals and the maintenance of profile information.

1) I am requesting registration for an NIH eRA Commons role (please check one):

2) Last Name:

3) First Name:

4) Middle Name or Initial:

Please provide 2 requested usernames in case someone else has chosen the first username you are requesting. Usernames must be 6 to 20 characters long.

5) First Requested Username:

6) Second Requested Username:

7) E-mail Address:

8) Department/School:

9) Campus Address:




10) Telephone:

NIH requires a unique identifier for each Principal Investigator and Postdoc registered on the NIH Commons. Those applying for the Assistant role need not complete 11. Those applying for the PI role or the Postdoc role need to complete 11a or 11b. (Note: 11a Grant Number is preferred.)

11a) Grant Number of an NIH Grant on which you are or have been the Principal Investigator:


11b) Date of Birth (Please use MM/DD/YYYY format):

Those applying for the PI or POSTDOC role also need to complete all parts of 12.

12a) Do you already have a Commons username/user id which you received either while you were at the University of Pittsburgh or at another institution?

If yes, please provide the and the for your Commons account.

12b) Are you currently or have you ever been a trainee on another PI's NIH training grant?

If yes, please provide the NIH training or if that is unavailable, provide the , , and the for which you were a trainee.

12c) Have you served on an NIH review committee?

Please enter any additional information or comments below:

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