Scheduled eRA and ASSIST Downtime

Over Memorial Day weekend, all eRA services will be completely shut down (both eRA Commons and ASSIST).  The systems will be brought down at 9 p.m. on Friday, May 23 and are expected to be restored to service by Tuesday, May 27 at 7 a.m.  This downtime is to complete the upgrade of all eRA systems so they are Unicode capable. 

Why the upgrade?

  1. As a result of this upgrade, eRA systems will be able to accept Greek characters as they appear in the original scientific text submitted by grantees. For instance, Greek characters will now appear in progress reports without resulting in garbled text. 
  2. Because Unicode will support Greek and other scientific characters, the attachments in applications can be more accurately assigned for evaluation; reviewers will be able to better understand the goals and objectives; and NIH will be able to better categorize awards for reporting.

Note:  some scheduled due dates have been adjusted to accommodate this scheduled federal system downtime (see NOT-OD-14-071). Due dates that fall on or between May 25 and May 28, 2014 will move to May 29, 2014.