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ORSP and eResearch Proposal Management (eRPM)
 System Updates

As of Monday, February 28, 2022, eRPM has been updated to version 6.4 with several enhancements and bug fixes.


  • The top, blue navigation bar menu items were rearranged in a simpler order.
  • Project Team PAF Search and new eRA Commons ID search functionality are available and located as sub-tabs under Search.

New eRA Commons Request Form on ORSP Website and Lookup in eRPM

Learn more about these U-M updates related to eRA Commons on the ORSP website.

eRPM eCommons image

New For Reviewer and Approver Roles

  • Added new Multi-Record Search options (sub-tab located under Search)
    • Searches common fields across AWDs, PAFs, SUBKs, and UFAs project types.
    • Added Award-specific fields to the Multi-Record Search, including Project/Grant, Direct and Prime Sponsor Award ID, and Purchase Order.
  • Implemented new weekly account maintenance where the system checks for and removes access for Reviewer and Approver roles of those persons with no department affiliation. Please note:
    • Unit Liaisons and Approvers should still strive to maintain updated department sets.
    • The automated clean-up will run in the background to ensure people leaving the university or moving on to other non-Research roles are properly off-boarded. 
    • Impact: An approver/reviewer with an active appointment but no department association will lose access to all records they are not specifically listed on. 


  • There is no longer a requirement to attach documentation for the IACUC office for vertebrate animal work done at other institutions. Therefore, the document uploader was removed from Research Activity question 5.3.1. 

Award Change Request (ACR)

  • On the ACR workspace Routing & Approval Details tab, the Department column includes a hyperlink that displays department contact information.
  • Added ACR smartform question validation and instructions to not allow negative values; positive dollar amounts must be entered in the currency fields.

Unfunded Agreements (UFA)

  • The Administrative Home chain of Department Reviewers can update personnel using the Manage Administrative Personnel activity.

Subcontracts (SUBK)

  • Updated the Documents Required section instructions with new Contract Threshold dollar amounts on the “Subcontract Additional Details” view/screen.
  • Added validation to ensure the Revised Budget date is later than the current Award End Date when selecting/submitting a Time Extension Amendment.
For additional details, please see eRPM Version 6.4 Release Notes.

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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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