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eResearch Release Notes for 4.8

New Language and Form Enhancements 

The eResearch Proposal Management system (eRPM) was updated on Monday, December 11, 2017.

New Language Enhancements

Updated language to support broader definition of clinical trials and single IRB-of-Record

As mentioned in the November 1, 2017, issue of RAPid, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is introducing a number of significant changes for proposals due on or after January 25, 2018. These changes include a broader definition of clinical trials and the requirement to utilize a single IRB-of-Record (sIRB) for all NIH-funded multi-site studies involving non-exempt human subjects research. Existing questions and help text on the Proposal Approval Form (PAF), Clinical Trial Routing Form (CTRF), and Unfunded Agreement Form (UFA) have been updated to reflect the changes.

Resources to Learn More 

Before you begin a funding application for a multi-site study involving human subjects research contact the applicable U-M IRB to discuss the sIRB options. 

View more information about external IRBs, see the HRPP's Single IRB-of-Record (sIRB) Process web page.

New Forms Enhancements

Grants.gov Transition from Adobe Forms to Workspace

eRPM has been updated with instructions for using Workspace as an alternative method for completing Grants.gov submissions that are not supported directly via eRPM. The majority of U-M Grants.gov submissions are completed in eRPM via a system-to-system transmission.

Workspace is Grants.gov's online environment to complete and submit federal grant applications. On
December 31, 2017, Grants.gov will officially retire PDF application packages as a method to apply for federal grants. In the rare event that your Grants.gov submission is not supported in eRPM, instructions are now provided on working with ORSP to complete and submit your proposal via Workspace.

Instructions for Project Teams

The Manage Workspace Role allows you to prepare applications in Grants.gov Workspace. 

 To register in Grants.gov, or to create a Grants.gov user name and password: 

  1. Go to Grants.gov.
  2. Select the REGISTER link at the top, right corner of the screen.
  3. Click on Get Registered Now. Complete the instructions and wait for your Temporary Code.
  4. Once you receive and enter, you can register to Add Organization Applicant Profile.
  5. Enter U-M's DUNS number: 073133571. 
  6. Follow the prompts to proceed.

 To request the Manage Workspace Role

  1. Post a Comment in the PAF and change the Subject Line to "Request Manage Workspace Role."
  2. Provide your Grants.gov username in the Enter Comments box.
  3. Select your Project Representative (PR) and ORSP Staff as the email recipients.
Please contact your ORSP PR with any questions.


  • For more information on this and all eRPM updates, visit the eRPM What's New page.
  • For support, please contact the ITS Service Center at (734) 764-HELP (4-4357), option 3 or via email at 4HELP@umich.edu.

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