All NIH T32 trainees must have an account within eRA Commons. Trainees who do not already have an account (ex. from a F31 or F32 grant) will provide the email address they wish to use to initiate contact with NIH’s eRA Commons system to Jill Vander Velde. Trainees will then receive emails from eRA Commons (typically from era-notify AT on how to setup an account and notification once the account is established and active.

Once the account is active, trainees need to complete the Personal Profile within the eRA Commons xTrain system. For trainees with existing accounts, please verify personal profile information is complete and up-to-date. The eRA Commons Help System and User Guide provide detailed instructions on setting up personal profiles. Predoctoral trainees should include degrees in progress in the education section including anticipated dates for their JDP MS and PhD degrees. Postdocs should list their postdoctoral position as a job.

Personal profiles must be current and complete before the appointment form, PHS 2271 (this link contains instructions however the form is completed online), can be routed to the trainee. Instructions for trainees on how to route the form back to the PI can be found in pages 38-42 of this PDF. Trainees must respond to emails from NIH’s eRA Commons in a timely manner and complete and route forms as instructed within the xTrain system.

Additionally, trainees should associate their eRA Commons ID with their ORCID iD. Instructions on how to do so are found within this NIH notice.