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eSRA posts updates to the system here and maintains them on this site for about six months.  If you need access to prior announcements, contact eSRAHelp@lbl.gov and the eSRA Functional Lead will retrieve them for you.

07/30/2021 Update

posted Jul 30, 2021, 7:04 AM by Cynthia Sylvester

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eSRA System updates implemented July 30, 2021:

System Improvement

  • CP00000593 - DOE HEADQUARTERS profile made obsolete so it cannot be selected for new proposals. Users need to select specific DOE Office.  If you have questions about this update, Contact Cynthia Sylvester directly.


SPO/BASO Improvements

  • To address a system gap on foreign CRADA proposals, when the JWS is approved, the approval will be recorded on both the DOE JWS and DOE-IP approvals to better facilitate the overall BASO review process.

  • When a CRADA amendment is submitted to BASO with a foreign direct or prime sponsor, the foreign approval will automatically change to ‘Pending Approval’ without the requirement to submit the Foreign SC worksheet.


General Proposal Improvements


  • New Option for DOE National Lab (M&O Contractor) proposals: 

    • Choose Other DOE Lab with Flow-Thru in 1.a.2 to include View 3.4 in the proposals to identify the Prime Sponsor when there is one.

  • Expanded availability of ‘Request Fellowship IDC Waiver’ activity.

  • Updated the notification to the PI/RA when the Division is requesting changes on a DOE Direct proposal.  The status of the proposal (draft/finalized) will not be displayed unless it is a Grants.gov submission.  


If you have questions about the system changes, please contact eSRAHelp@lbl.gov 

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Informational Website (eSRA.lbl.gov) Updates: (since the last announcement, June 25, 2021)

Announcements page

If you have questions or concerns about documentation, please contact clsylvester@lbl.gov 

The eSRA Team


Common Questions About Using the Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) in Grants.gov

posted Jun 29, 2021, 10:24 AM by Cynthia Sylvester

Please see the attached article from the June 2021 Grants.gov Newsletter with annotated comments as it relates to LBNL.

06/25/2021 Update

posted Jun 25, 2021, 7:48 AM by Cynthia Sylvester

Dear eSRA Users,

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eSRA System updates implemented June 25, 2021:

System Upgrades


  • The SF424 environment updated to accommodate the upcoming change from using DUNS# to using Unique Entity Identifier (UEI)  [Actual use of the UEI scheduled for spring 2022


Proposal Enhancements 


  • View 8.7 (for CRADAs) changed to move some of the language about the Annex A to CRADA document from the field label to the help text.

  • View 8.5 (for SPP only) updated to include a separate field for the Statement of Work including a naming convention requested by BASO.

  • Proposal activity: Create Document for Manual Submission discontinued

  • Updated the SPO request to DOE for Foreign Review to automatically include the Statement of Work document from View 8.7 or 8.5


If you have questions about the system changes, please contact eSRAHelp@lbl.gov 

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Informational Website (eSRA.lbl.gov) Updates: (since the last announcement, May 21, 2021)

Supplemental Info by Topics page

  • Alternate PI Approval Process - QR5101 (Updated)
    Option #1: clarification that VPN is now an option not a requirement.
    Option #4: clarification about who can be a delegate to approve on behalf of the PI.

  • BASO Desk Guide for eSRA (New

    • To provide BASO staff with a comprehensive single Desk Guide for their roles, responsibilities, and activities in eSRA.

    • We are moving the BASO review and approval details from the individual desk guides into this Desk Guide (with links provided to the new Desk Guide) so there is a single location to update whenever changes are made to the BASO review and approval processes.

  • CRADA Desk Guide (Updated) 

    • Removed Proposal RA from CRADA COI Disclosure requirement

    • Added alphabetical list of activities for proposals and awards

    • Added hyperlinks within the Desk Guide and to outside documents for better reference.

    • Incorporated full guidance for Non-Standard Financial Terms

    • Updated statement about LBNL Firewall and VPN

    • Updated label and guidance for SOW question on View 8.7 (for this month’s enhancement)

    • Request for Foreign Review by BASO automatically sends the SOW from View 8.7

    • Clarified the final report deliverables are set-up by the SPO Administrator, not the CO 

    • Moved BASO approval details to separate BASO Desk Guide

  • Frequently Needed Proposal Information (Updated for the UEI) This document is also available on the SPO website.

  • Grants.gov Proposal Desk Guide (Updated)

    • Information about UEI

    • Added section related to Generating the PDF version of the Grants.gov application

    • Updated statement about LBNL Firewall options and VPN

    • Added references to the BASO Desk Guide for eSRA

  • Grants.gov Zoom Q&A - June 2021 (New)  PowerPoint slides from Zoom presentation

  • National and Homeland Security Burden Agencies QR2031 (Updated)

  • SPP Federal Proposal Desk Guide (Updated)

    • New Field on View 8.5 for Statement of Work (SOW)

    • Updated statement about LBNL Firewall options and VPN.

    • Moved BASO review & approval details to separate BASO Desk Guide for eSRA

    • Removed Create Document for Manual Submission – this activity will no longer work now that the SOW is uploaded in a separate field

  • SPP Flow-Thru Proposal Desk Guide (Updated)

    • New Field on View 8.5 for Statement of Work (SOW)

    • Updated statement about LBNL Firewall options and VPN.

    • Removed Create Document for Manual Submission – this activity will no longer work now that the SOW is uploaded in a separate field

    • Added special note about SBIR/STTR proposals for View 9.3.C

  • SPP Non-Federal Proposal Desk Guide (Updated)

    • New Field on View 8.5 for Statement of Work (SOW)

    • Updated statement about LBNL Firewall options and VPN.

    • Moved BASO review & approval details to separate BASO Desk Guide for eSRA

    • Removed Create Document for Manual Submission – this activity will no longer work now that the SOW is uploaded in a separate field

  • SPP Supplements, Amendments, & Non-Competing Continuations (Updated)

    • New Field on View 8.5 for Statement of Work (SOW)

    • Updated statement about LBNL Firewall options and VPN.

    • Moved BASO review & approval details to separate BASO Desk Guide for eSRA

    • Removed Create Document for Manual Submission – this activity will no longer work now that the SOW is uploaded in a separate field

Forms Page

If you have questions or concerns about documentation, please contact clsylvester@lbl.gov 

The eSRA Team


05/21/2021 Update

posted May 21, 2021, 6:55 AM by Cynthia Sylvester

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eSRA System updates implemented May 21, 2021:

Grants.gov Improvements


  • DOE ‘Proposal for Additional Funding’ correctly identifies ‘Renewal’ in the Grants.gov application.   Grants.gov Proposal Desk Guide updated to reflect this change.


If you have questions about the system changes, please contact eSRAHelp@lbl.gov 

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Informational Website (eSRA.lbl.gov) Updates: (since the last announcement, April 9, 2021)

Supplemental Info by Topics page

The following documents have been removed from the website after incorporating the content into Desk Guides or because they have become obsolete:

  • Branching Questions

  • Copying Proposals - QR2012

  • Division Budgets - QR6020

  • ECRP Proposals - QR6914

  • Email for Help - QR2022

  • Email from eSRA to Central Office - QR2023

  • Email team and individuals in eSRA - QR2021

  • Ergonomic Tips - QR2005

  • Getting Started - QR2018

  • How to Find Documents in eSRA (PowerPoint)

  • LBNL Subaward on Grants.gov Application - QR5013

  • Managing email from eSRA - QR2016

  • NIH 2nd NCE - QR5103

  • Navigation Tips - Printing History (PowerPoint)

  • Non-Competing Continuations, Supplements, and Amendments (PowerPoint)

  • Portal 9 Look and Feel QR2019

  • Project Purpose - QR2027

  • Submission Methods - QR2026

  • Types and Targets - QR2008

  • Updating RAs in eSRA - QR5280

  • Uploading Documents - QR2014

  • Validation Messages (PowerPoint)

The following form was removed from the website because it is obsolete and eSRA is not the official source for this document:

  • 700-U

If you have questions or concerns about documentation, please contact clsylvester@lbl.gov 


04/09/2021 Update

posted Apr 9, 2021, 7:24 AM by Cynthia Sylvester

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eSRA System updates implemented April 9, 2021:

Grants.gov Improvements


  • For DOE Grants.gov Proposals:

    • Total Costs from View 9.3.F will display on the proposal’s summary page

    • Total Costs from View 9.3.F will be moved to the Grants.gov Application on the SF424 (R&R) page, in the Estimated Project Funding section. 

  • For DOD Grants.gov Proposals:

    • View 6.1 updated to replace references to the CDMRP system with eBRAP 


General Proposal Improvements


  • Several automated email notifications during proposal preparation and routing have been updated to remove the Post Award RAs.  Being copied on these notifications was a design miss we corrected with input from RAs.  Post Award RAs will still receive notifications for NSFTs and moving forward in negotiations.


Award Modification Improvements


  • ‘CO Modification Approved’ activity will not be available if NSFTs requests are still in progress.


If you have questions about the system changes, please contact eSRAHelp@lbl.gov 

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Informational Website (eSRA.lbl.gov) Updates: (since the last announcement, March 30, 2021)

Supplemental Info by Topics page

If you have questions or concerns about documentation, please contact clsylvester@lbl.gov 


03/30/2021 Update

posted Mar 30, 2021, 9:22 AM by Cynthia Sylvester

Dear eSRA Users,

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eSRA System updates implemented March 30, 2021:

Division Reviewer Changes

  • All proposal Division Approval activities are updated to add instructions related to Countries of Risk.  One of the statements below is included just above the ‘Comment’s section:

    • For non-DOE ProposalsIs the direct sponsor or prime sponsor from a Country of Risk?  If the answer is ‘yes,’ add an assertion statement in the ‘Comments’ boxt that the work has been reviewed against the S&T Matrix.  These is no need to provide any additional information beyond the assertion statement and do not upload the S&T Matrix into eSRA.  If the answer is ‘no,’ no lead organization, no action is required.

    • For DOE Direct: Is the lead organization, if any, from a Country of Risk?  If the answer is ‘yes,’ add an assertion statement in the ‘Comments’ box that the work has been reviewed against the S&T Matrix.  These is no need to provide any additional information beyond the assertion statement and do not upload the S&T Matrix into eSRA.  If the answer is ‘no’ or there is no lead organization, no action is required.


If you have questions about the system changes, please contact eSRAHelp@lbl.gov 

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Informational Website (eSRA.lbl.gov) Updates: (since the last announcement, February 26, 2021)

Supplemental Info by Topics page

The following documents have been removed from the website after incorporating the content into a Desk Guide:

Incorporated into the Grants.gov Proposal Desk Guide:

  • Direct Access to Grants.gov Applications QR5012

  • Upload Subaward Budgets for Grants.gov Application QR2014

Incorporated into the SPP Federal and Non-Federal Desk Guides

  • Change Institutional Approvals when Not Required QR5601

  • Revised Budgets - QR5201

If you have questions or concerns about documentation, please contact clsylvester@lbl.gov 

The eSRA Team

02/26/2021 Update

posted Feb 26, 2021, 7:33 AM by Cynthia Sylvester

eSRA System updates implemented February 26, 2021:

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General SPP and CRADA Improvements


  • In response to new DOE mandate, updated the CRADA Closeout process: 

    • Enabling Yeen to utilizing Deliverables to request the Final CRADA Report before the award expiration date. 

    • Enabling a variety of CRADA closeout activities in additional states to complete the Final CRADA Report processes.

    • Added notifications to Yeen for new CRADA awards and modifications to assist with creating and updating the CRADA Closeout Deliverables.

  • Updated the notifications requesting the PI complete and submit a CRF to link to the Human Subjects and Animal Use Desk Guide for detailed information.

  • Updated the notifications when Export Control is approved to only send email to BASO if Export Control was required because of a foreign sponsor.


If you have questions about the system changes, please contact eSRAHelp@lbl.gov 

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Informational Website (eSRA.lbl.gov) Updates: (since the last announcement, January 29, 2021)

Forms page

Supplemental Info by Topics page

Curriculum for Principal Investigators page

The following documents have been removed from the website after incorporating the content into a Desk Guide or other training process:

Incorporated into Export Control - Guidance for PIs:

  • Export Controls Questionnaire - QR5106

  • Export Controls PI Acknowledgement - QR5105

If you have questions or concerns about documentation, please contact clsylvester@lbl.gov 


eSRA Training Environment

posted Aug 9, 2017, 6:59 AM by Cynthia Sylvester   [ updated Apr 9, 2021, 1:27 PM ]

The eSRA Training environment is the place to create test proposals, practice, or to capture and send screen shots of what others are seeing in eSRA.  

Please do not create test proposals in the Production environment.  Test proposals in the Production environment can impact the Dashboards of other users and reports created from eSRA data.

Everyone with access to the Production environment can log into the Training environment using your LDAP login and password.  You will have the same access you have the Production environment.

Resource Analysts can be provided with enhanced access to the Training Environment.  Please contact eSRAHelp@lbl.gov for the URL and current password. 

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