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ACR (Award Change Request) Enhancements are Here

November 15, 2021

We are excited to announce a new, streamlined business process for Award Change Requests (ACRs), along with new functionality in the eResearch Proposal Management (eRPM) system. On Monday, November 15, 2021, the paper/PDF Post-Award Change Request (PACR) form process was replaced with a new smartform in eRPM.

How Your Business Process Will Change

You no longer need a separate PDF/Paper document to collect approvals.

  • Research Administrators will complete an updated ACR form and route in eRPM. 
  • Principal Investigators (PIs), as the person responsible for the project, will approve the change in the system. 
    • New key investigators added on an ACR, will sign the ACR, much like AWDs and PAF.
  • Reviewers approve ACRs directly in the system.
  • The ACR identification number will be appended to the AWD number, e.g. AWDxxxxx-ACRxxx, rather than ACRxxxxxxxx.

A Few Key Takeaways

  • PACRs routed prior to November 12, 2021, will be processed as usual.
  • ACRs that were in the state of Draft (i.e., had not been routed) were canceled and will need to be created in the new system.
  • ACRs that were in the state of Changes Requested for longer than six months were canceled as part of the November 13 system update. 
  • Unit Liaisons: If you have administrators in your department who approve ACRs, be sure to add them to the set of Approvers (Reviewers Who Can Sign).
  • Investigators and Reviewers will need access to eRPM. See: ITES eRPM Job Aid