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xTrain (eRA Commons)

xTrain provides Training grant program directors, university administrators and Trainees the ability to electronically process the required paperwork (e.g., Appointment Forms and Termination Notices) associated with awarded Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award institutional research training grants. It also is used by Agency grants management specialists to process training grant appointments and terminations made electronically.

xTrain is open to all Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP) Institutions that are registered with eRA Commons. It can be utilized now; there are no further registrations/steps required to use the program. Visit the FDP Exit Disclaimersite for the latest posted member list and other participant information.

Quick Reference Sheets

User Guide


Frequently Asked Questions

Complete list of FAQs

Reported Issues & Suggestions

Feedback & Support

We encourage you to provide feedback to the eRA Commons Help Desk throughout the xTrain pilot.

Report to the Help Desk:

eRA Commons Help Desk
Web: (Preferred method of contact)
Toll-free: 1-866-504-9552
Phone: 301-402-7469
TTY: 301-451-5939
Hours: Mon-Fri, 7a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Time

Additional xTrain Contacts

Research Training Coordinator: Jennifer Sutton (
eRA Customer Relationship Manager: Sheri Cummins (

This page last reviewed: January 16, 2009