NIH Systems Unavailable April 17 – April 20 for system migration (eRA Commons, ASSIST, etc.)

Dear Colleagues,

Please see the important message below from NIH regarding a scheduled outage (Friday, April 17 through Monday, April 20) of the NIH systems (included eRA Commons & ASSIST) while they migrate to Amazon Web Services.


Outage period: 5AM Friday, 4/17 through 5PM Monday, 4/20

The systems will be down and unavailable during this period. Please forward this notice to your colleagues and PIs.

Please contact the ERA Team ( if you have any questions or concerns.

The ERA Team


eRA Reminder: eRA Moving to the Cloud; eRA Modules Will Be Unavailable April 17 to April 20

As we informed you in the last eRA Items of Interest, eRA is planning to migrate its modules and data to the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud April 17-20 (Fri-Mon).

During this cloud migration, from 5 a.m. PST on Friday, April 17 to 5 p.m. PST on Monday, April 20, all eRA modules (eRA Commons, ASSIST, IAR, iEdison, etc.) and all informational websites (, etc.) will be unavailable. 

Any affected due dates will be covered under NIH’s late application policy due to COVID-19, which allows all late applications submitted late for due dates between March 9, 2020, and May 1, 2020, to be accepted through May 1, 2020. will continue processing applications during the migration window.  Applications received via will be put in a queue, and then eRA will process them on Monday night, April 20.The standard 2-day viewing window for successfully submitted applications will be applied.

These migration dates were carefully selected to reduce the impact on the applicant/grantee/reviewer community. Standard submission due dates, continuous submission, small business due dates, review meetings, etc. were examined, and April 17 to April 20 worked out to be the single best time for this migration.

eRA has spent the last two years in extensive preparation to move to the AWS cloud and has already successfully migrated two non-production environments (including User Acceptance Testing, which migrated to the cloud in February 2019) without issue.

Cloud computing provides us with a number of advantages. These include improved security, reliability, and scalability of the system.

electronic Research Administration (eRA)

NIH Office of Extramural Research

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