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eResearch Proposal Management (eRPM)

As of Monday, May 2, 2022, eRPM has been updated to version 6.5 with several enhancements. For additional details including screenshots, as well as notes for central offices, please see eRPM Version 6.5 Release Notes.



Ineligible Job Code Updates

  • In the Proposal Approval Form (PAF) People section, there is updated text for 2.3a Ineligible Job Code Comments page, which clarifies the criteria for requesting PI eligibility. 
  • On the Unit Approve activity, there is a new attestation for PI(s) Without an Eligible Job Code

To learn more about why this attestation might be needed, visit the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects (ORSP) website page defining the eligibility for a Principal Investigator (PI). A school/college//institute/center can approve an exception and assume responsibility for ensuring the fiscal and programmatic obligations of the award are met. Please note that ORSP reserves the right to deny exceptions for ineligible principal investigators where reasonably necessary to protect the interests of the University of Michigan. 

Technology Enhancements

  • In the PAF Budget section, two pages were updated so that an additional screen will display to enter information
    • 3.5 U-M Other Commitment Details page
    • 3.16 Anticipated Subproject/Grants page

Grants.gov Copy-map Updates

  • Updated the Copy PAF Info to Grant-gov Forms activity to resupport system-to-system (S2S) submissions for all campuses (Ann Arbor, Dearborn, Flint).
    • Select the campus from which you are submitting to Grants.gov, and the correct UEI entity maps into SF424 forms. Note: Ann Arbor is the default choice.
    • Background: The Flint and Dearborn campuses were split into separate DUNs and UEI entities several years ago. Thus Grants.gov submissions from those campuses could no longer be submitted through eRPM, as it only supported the single DUNs/UEI number. This update restores S2S submissions for all campuses.

All UFAs Tab Changes

The All UFAs tab (found at the top of the Home workspace) has been updated as follows:

  • Splitting all UFAs into three tabs should provide faster results when searching.
    • First tab displays Created/Pending UFAs
    • Second tab displays Active UFAs
    • Third tab shows Closed/Withdrawn/Turned Down UFAs, as before
  • A new column Prime External Entity was added to all three listers.

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  • In Award Change Requests (ACR), error validation was changed to allow for ‘0’ to be entered in U-M Cost Sharing for U-M Direct Cost and ‘0’ U-M Indirect Cost (and Total dollars).
  • On Awards (AWD) and Award Modifications (MOD) workspaces, the Activities are re-ordered alphabetically instead of by the last activity added to the bottom.

Unfunded Agreements (UFA)

  • IT Managers specified on a TCP now have access to Edit Technology Control Plans when the UFA is in the state of “IT Manager Review” or “Create UFA Record”.


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Constance Colthorp, Communications Manager
Research - Office of Research and Sponsored Projects (ORSP)
Finance - Sponsored Programs Office (Sponsored Programs)

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