The NIH has recently issued guidance regarding the preparation of Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPRs) and the reporting of effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on research projects.
If an investigator is unable to complete a scheduled RPPR by the due date, a notice should be sent to the Grants Management Specialist and the Program Official to let them know that the report will be late and that research outcomes are not available at that time, as well as an outline of when the investigator will be able to include details related to the disruptions to the research efforts. This notification should be completed as soon as possible and should be developed and coordinated with Sponsored Program Services (SPS). Please work with your SPS Project Officer (UConn Health) or Post-Award Team (Storrs) to develop and submit a notice related to the ramping down of laboratory research on March 23, 2020 and the ramping up of laboratory research on May 20, 2020. Please be aware that the continuation grant award will be delayed and will not be issued until the RPPR has been received and accepted by the NIH.
RPPRs that are due in the next 90 days and that can be submitted and were affected by COVID-19 should include an explanation on the effect that COVID-19 has had on the project, the steps that have been taken to mitigate the disruption, and plans to address these in the coming award period. If certain research outcomes are not available at the time that the RPPR is submitted, those should be outlined and a timeline should be provided as to when they will be addressed.
Sponsored Program Services is here to assist you with this process and to answer any questions that you may have related to RPPR preparation and submission. Please contact Paul Hudobenko or your Project Officer at UConn Health or your Pre-Award Grant Specialist at Storrs and the regional campuses as early as possible if you have any questions regarding the preparation and submission of RPPRs. Please also see the following site for information about the ramp up of research at UConn. See NOT-OD-20-086 for additional details on late submission.