Electronic Research Administration (eRA)

What is eRA?

Over the past decade, the research community has experienced a vast movement toward an increasingly paperless environment.  This paradigm shift in which the administrative aspects of sponsored projects are conducted electronically is referred to as Electronic Research Administration, or eRA.  Research administration professionals who engage in eRA interact with a number of both external systems (e.g. sponsor agency systems, government systems, etc.) and internal systems.  While specific systems vary in complexity, scope and business function, the eRA concept applies to the entire sponsored project lifecycle.

eRA at UConn

Below is a description of the core eRA systems that UConn investigators and research administrators will encounter. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list but rather a minimum group of tools that researchers and administrators should familiarize themselves with.

Internal eRA Systems
InfoEd offers investigators and administrators easy access to a host of information regarding their sponsored projects. Key features include the ability to track project funding status, research compliance approval status and requested/awarded revenue. InfoEd also serves as the required mechanism for submitting proposals to the UCRF Faculty Large/ Small Grant program.  Additionally, investigators can use InfoEd to submit IRB protocol applications online.  More…

External eRA Systems
Grants.gov is a website developed by the federal government to serve as the single portal for submitting all grant applications to the 26 federal grant-making agencies. Grants.gov lists all federal grant opportunities and provides a mechanism for applying to those opportunities. More…
FastLane (National Science Foundation)
FastLane is NSF’s information management system that funding applicants use to conduct a number of eRA activities. Investigators must be registered with FastLane to submit proposals to NSF, check the status of a submitted proposal, submit an annual/final progress report or check the status of continuation funding.  More…
eRA Commons (National Institutes of Health)
The eRA Commons system allows investigators to track the status of applications as they are received by the National Institutes of Health.  Primary components of this system include the ability to view summary statements, score letters and notice of awards. The capacity also exists to submit just-in-time information, eSNAP Progress Reports, financial status reports, final closeout reports and no-cost extensions.  More…

Submitting Electronic Proposal Applications

For all electronic submissions, final application packages should be made available to OSP, PreAward Services no less than 5 business days prior to the sponsor deadline. After review and approval, PreAward Services will submit the application to the sponsor once the PI has notified OSP that it is ready for submission.

In addition, OSP’s minimum requirements for PreAward Services to begin proposal review must be included in the application package. All PreAward forms can either be hand-delivered to OSP, scanned and emailed to preaward@uconn.edu or faxed to PreAward Services at 860-486-3726. 

Alternatively, application materials can be delivered through the OSP Drop Box, which has been developed to accommodate large application files. Once the files have been uploaded, a notification will be sent to PreAward Services. PreAward staff will then log into the system and retrieve your application. If you need to revise a document, you will need to re-upload it to the OSP Drop Box. Files already in the drop box cannot be edited. OSP encourages the use of the drop box for all electronic applications submitted to our office.