Explore xTRACT Before Its Required Use in FY 2020

Beginning with Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPRs) due on or after October 1, 2019 (FY 2020), recipients of National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants must use the Extramural Trainee Reporting and Career Tracking (xTRACT) system to create the required training tables for submission with NIH and Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) T15, T32, T90/R90, and TL1 progress reports.

xTRACT, a module within eRA Commons, is currently not mandatory for new and renewal applications for the specified types of training grants; however, it may be required in future years. Helpful resources are available on the eRA website. For more details on xTRACT required use and implementation, see the full Guide Notice.

There is much to explore on xTRACT, an electronic system for creating research training data table and tracking trainee outcomes that has been available on a pilot basis in the eRA Commons since 2015. In the xTRACT system, users can

  • access data already available in the eRA Commons to pre-populate their tables with information;
  • retrieve publication information from PubMed;
  • upload selected training-related data from their institutions to the xTRACT system in batches; and
  • copy data already entered for one application or progress report into another.