Every Effort for Progress
The structure of effort reporting on the RPPR (Research Performance Progress Report) can be a bit tricky to decipher. A few key points to keep in mind:
- Effort must be rounded to the nearest whole person month on progress reports, even though proposals still use fractional requests. This is mandated by the OMB. ** Note: even though NIH defines a PD/PI as having effort greater than zero, there may be some instances where the PD/PI has 0.4 person month or less. In this case, it is appropriate to report zero person months in the RPPR
- Persons reported on an RPPR must either be the PD/PI or have worked at least one person month during the reporting period. In the case of a person who is not PD/PI and has worked less than one month, rounding is not appropriate. A non-PD/PI who has worked 24 days, then, should not be reported on your RPPR even though the nearest whole person month is 1 month.
- Keep in mind that effort reporting in section D.1 on an RPPR is retrospective; that is, you are reporting effort that took place in the past. Rules pertaining to reductions in effort of 25% or more from the Notice of Award will, however, be applicable in section D.2.a; a “yes” answer here would require prior approval. If reductions are forthcoming, you will need to get approval from your agency for current and future reporting periods.