Dear Colleagues,

Please see below regarding planned eRA Commons & ASSIST maintenance over Memorial Day Weekend (5/23-5/27).


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Subject: eRA Reminder: eRA Commons, ASSIST, Will Be Offline Memorial Day Weekend For Unicode Upgrade


eRA Reminder: eRA Commons, ASSIST Will Be Offline Memorial Day Weekend For Unicode Upgrade

Thursday, May 8, 2014


This is a reminder that all systems, including eRA Commons and ASSIST, will be unavailable over the Memorial Day weekend. 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.

For more details about the Unicode project, please see Guide Notice NOT-OD-14-071 and the related notice on the impact of submission dates: NOT-OD-14-070.

Original message below sent Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 9:58 AM ET

eRA Information: eRA Commons, ASSIST Will Be Offline Memorial Day Weekend

Wednesday, March 12, 2014


In the interest of giving you as much advance notice as possible for planning purposes, we would like to let you know about an extended downtime that eRA has currently scheduled for the Memorial Day weekend in May 2014.

All systems, including eRA Commons and ASSIST will be offline while our systems are upgraded and the information in the databases will be converted to support Unicode compatible data.

Unicode is a computing standard that allows systems to handle virtually any type of text expressed in the worlds writing systems.  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.


We will share more details about the downtime in May as the date approaches.

We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.


eRA Communications

Division of Communications and Outreach

NIH Office of Extramural Research


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