Federal Reporting Systems: REEport, NRS, NIMSS
Updated August 2021
NRS (NIFA Reporting System) is the newest of USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture’s reporting systems. In its initial version, it is used for reporting of extension capacity funded (Smith-Lever 3(b) and 3(c)) programs, as well as for research projects funded by NIFA Hatch and Hatch/Multistate capacity grants. Eventually, all projects and programs funded by NIFA capacity grants or non-capacity research, extension, or education grants will be reported in NRS.
REEport (Research, Education, and Extension project online reporting tool) is the other grants management and reporting system managed by the USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture's grant and formula/capacity funded project reporting system. At this time, all research projects with funding sources other NIFA Hatch and Hatch/Multistate capacity grants are reported in REEport; however, eventually such projects will be reported in NRS.
NRS and REEport utilize the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR), a standard progress report format that all federal research agencies are required to use. One or both of these systems are required for any person who receives funding through NIFA capacity grants or non-capacity research, extension, or education grants. It is also used by administrative, financial, and other support personnel who manage the capacity and non-capacity projects at UC.
NIMSS (National Information Management and Support System) is a web-based application that allows participants of Multistate Research Projects to submit proposals and reports online and register to participate on projects. Interested parties, stakeholders, and cooperators can also query the NIMSS for relevant and timely information on multistate projects. These projects are funded by Multistate Hatch capacity grants.
REEport to NRS Transition
Hatch and Hatch/Multistate capacity-funded projects - use NRS for new and continuing projects:
All new projects are initiated in NRS; REEport will no longer accept new project initiations.
All pre-existing active projects with end dates after 9/30/2021 have been migrated to NRS. REEport will no longer accept changes to such projects.
Annual progress and final reports for new and pre-existing projects in NRS will be entered in NRS (the reports submission function will be built and deployed by winter of 2022). REEport will no longer accept progress and final reports for such projects.
Projects with end dates on or before 9/30/2021 have not been migrated to NRS. Final reports for such projects are to be entered/submitted in REEport.
NOTE: To end a project early in REEport that was migrated into NRS, submit a Project Change in NRS to change the Project End Date to 9/30/2021 or earlier. Chris Hanson will then forward the information about the project change to NIFA NRS staff, who will update the Project End Date in the REEport version of the project. After the REEport version of the project has been updated, the Final Report for the project may then be submitted in REEport.
NIFA capacity funding sources other than Hatch and Hatch/Multistate - continue to use REEport:
At this time and until further notice, project initiations and progress/final report submissions for projects with all other funding sources will continue to be entered/submitted in REEport.
Other such funding sources include: Animal Health, State, non-capacity competitive grants, Extension (with the exception of Smith-Lever 3(b) and 3(c)).
Access NRS: https://nrs.nifa.usda.gov/
NRS account: Project Directors with active Hatch or Hatch/Multistate projects that were migrated from REEport into NRS already have NRS accounts with the same emails as their REEport accounts. For new Project Directors, and all non-PD NRS users, contact Chris Hanson to request an NRS account.
USDA eAuthentication Registration/Identity Verification instructions: All Project Directors and support staff who want/need to use NRS must create an eAuthentication account with Identity Verification; this is required even if they already have an NRS account. For instructions for creating and verifying an eAuthentication account, refer to the following:
- NRS/eAuthentication Registration Guide updated April 2021
- NRS/eAuthentication Registration - Supplemental Instructions for UC ANR Campus Academics updated April 2021
NOTE: Project Directors who will not be using NRS to access their projects themselves do not need to create eAuthentication accounts.
For more information see the federal NRS website: https://nifa.usda.gov/tool/pow-nifa-reporting-system
NRS FAQs (Program Planning and Evaluation)
Access REEport: https://portal.nifa.usda.gov/portal
- REEport Guide for Project Directors updated June 2017
- REEport User Manual updated Jan. 2015
- REEport Financial Module manual updated Jan. 2018
For more information see the federal REEport website:
Access NIMSS: https://www.nimss.org/
NOTE: This URL provides access to both the public search function and to logging in to one’s private NIMSS user account.
NIMSS User Guide: NIMSS User Guide updated Feb. 2018
Requests for participation in a multistate research project/activity (Appendix E):
- Campus-based AES and CE Academics (UCB-CNR, UCD-CAES, UCD-Vet Med, UCR-CNAS): Contact the appropriate college/school’s Dean’s Office.
- Non-Campus-based CE Academics: Contact Chris Hanson at PP&E to submit Appendix E. Such requests are approved by AVP Wendy Powers.
Project reporting resources
UCD-CAES AES project reporting resources website
Capacity Award Terms and Conditions October 2019
NIFA Manual Classification for Research, Education, and Extension 2013
How to Write Strong Impact Statements for Your Research!
- Strengthening AES Impact Reporting in Progress Reports
- Why impact reporting matters & how to do it well: Multistate Research Program training
- RULES, tips & guidelines for writing GOOD REPORTS about your RESEARCH
- Link to more UC ANR impact writing resources
National Database - to search all projects entered in REEport, as well as in the preceding Current Research Information System (CRIS): http://cris.nifa.usda.gov/search.html
Since 1966, CRIS was the federal automated system for storing and retrieving information on current agricultural and forestry research. The national database consists of more than 100,000 CRIS and REEport research projects.
For policy questions
For technical support and submission