Requirement for NIH Commons Usernames

Our NIH-supported research programs and services on campus mandate that we report back to NIH annually with detailed utilization and impact data in supporting individual researchers. NIH’s reporting instruments require that our data include the NIH Commons usernames of individuals who have benefited from these key resources. Currently, we are under-representing the data regarding the use of these services in our annual reporting because we do not have NIH Commons usernames for all individuals who engage these services.

When you use the University’s NIH-supported services, please be prepared to provide your NIH Commons username when it is requested. If you do not have one, we will request that you establish a commons account before using the services. In addition, if you have taken advantage of these services over the past year, expect that staff may be in contact with you to request your Commons username. Note that your Commons account does not need to have been created by Boston University; if you have an account that was created for you at another institution, that Commons username can be used for reporting purposes.

To register with NIH Commons, please follow the instructions below:

  • Boston University:  Please visit and complete the on-line registration form.
  • Boston Medical Center: Please contact the BMC Grants Administration office through with the following information:
    • Full Name
    • e-mail address
    • eRA Commons Role (Postdoc, PI, Trainee, etc.)
    • Please put “Request for eRA Commons Username” in the subject header

    If you have questions or concerns about this information, please contact Kaci Foster, Director, Research Operations, Systems and Analytics (ROSA) at or Ronald Corley, Associate Provost for Research, BUMC at

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