University of Iowa

4e. Reporting

  1. How often do I need to file a progress report?
  2. What is RPPR?
  3. When do I need to file my final technical report?
  4. Do I need to file a patent report?
  5. What are the implications of not filing required sponsor reports?
  6. Who is responsible for submitting financial reports?
  7. What are property reports?
  8. What are the implications of not filing required sponsor reports?
     

1.  How often do I need to file a progress report?

Most sponsors require an annual progress report to ensure sufficient progress is being made on the award.  Each agency has different requirements regarding the content and frequency of the reporting.  You should review the terms and conditions of the award to determine what the sponsoring agency requires. 

2.  What is RPPR?

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has an RPPR section within eRA Commons to submit the required annual Research Performance Progress Report.  This is submitted through NIH’s eRA Commons.  The next year of funding will not be released by NIH until the report has been submitted.  Information regarding NIH RPPR can be found here.

3.  When do I need to file my technical report?

The majority of awards require a final technical report.  Preparing the technical report is the responsibility of the principal investigator.  Details of what should be included and when the report is due can be found in the award document.

4.  Do I need to file a patent report?

Many federal agencies require a final patent report.  Most award documents specify whether a patent report is required at the end of a project. If the Division of Sponsored Programs receives notice from the sponsor that a patent report is required, you will receive a notification from Sponsored Programs.

5.  What is effort reporting?

Federal guidelines require regular certification of individual effort on federally funded sponsored projects. Please see information about the UI web-based Personnel Activity Report (PAR) on the Grant Accounting Office's website.

6.  Who is responsible for submitting financial reports?

Most sponsors require a full accounting to document how funding was spent on a project.  These reports might be due during regular intervals and/or at the completion of an award.  The Grant Accounting Office submits these reports, and may work with you and your department to verify and finalize costs.  

7.  What are property reports?

Any items that are federally titled (purchased or furnished) may require regular Property Reporting.  The Grant Accounting Office is responsible for submitting these reports. 

8.  What are the implications of not filing required sponsor reports?

Failure to submit required records could result in the sponsor withholding payment, terminating the award, or withholding future awards.