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Overview of electronic Research Administration (eRA)

Powering the Advancement of Science

Dr. Sally Rockey, PhD.

“eRA plays a fundamental role in the stewardship of federal grant programs by supporting the mission-critical function of grants administration for NIH and other Federal granting components.”

— Dr. Sally Rockey, PhD.,
NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research

Developed, managed and supported by the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Office of Extramural Research, the eRA systems provide information technology solutions and support for the full life cycle of grants administration functions for the NIH as well as the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA), and the Veterans Health Administration (VHA).

eRA offers vital solutions to manage the receipt, processing, review, award and monitoring of over $30 billion in research and non-research grants awarded annually by NIH and other grantor agencies in support of the collective mission of improving human health. Used by Federal staff and applicants at over 9,500 institutions worldwide, eRA is working to eliminate the hundreds of millions of pieces of paper previously required to:

eRA’s focus is on supporting the mission of serviced agencies by providing tools to electronically manage and report on grants in a way that:

eRA is in use by over 100,000 individual researchers and about 9,500 research institutions, both domestic and international.

eRA systems align with (the one-stop web portal for finding and applying for federal grants), allowing for full electronic processing of grant applications from application submission through closeout of the grant award.

eRA's Two Facets

blue arrow For institutional enquiries about obtaining eRA services and information on eRA’s costing model, contact the acting eRA Program manager, Oliver ‘Pete’ Morton, at

This page last reviewed: January 26, 2009