Upcoming Login Changes for eRA Commons and NCBI Users

This page was updated April 27, 2022.

The ways you log in to eRA Commons and NCBI accounts will be changing.

eRA Commons

NIH announced that two-factor authentication will soon be required for eRA Commons users as of early 2022.  Two options are available:

  • Login.gov. account. With one login.gov account, users can sign into multiple government agency systems while taking advantage of the two-factor authentication capabilities that ensure the security of personal information.
  • InCommon Federated account. Washington University is a participating organization of the InCommon Federation.

This change will not affect eRA Commons accounts, and any saved searches in PubMed, biosketches in SciENcv, or citations in My Bibliography.

Users and investigators with eRA Commons accounts will need to switch by early 2022.

For more information, see:

Assign Administrators as Delegates

Users and investigators with eRA Commons accounts are highly encouraged to assign administrators as delegates to help them manage eRA Commons resources such as the RPPR, xTRAIN, xTRACT, and others; and NCBI resources such as My Bibliography and SciENcv.

For more information, see:

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact your departmental contact from the Office of Sponsored Research Services.


NIH also announced that NCBI will be transitioning from NCBI-managed login credentials to federated account login credentials. NCBI-managed login credentials currently allow users to login to their MyNCBI portal for resources such as PubMed, My Bibliography, and SciENcv (a tool for creating Biosketches). NCBI-managed login credentials also allow users to submit data to NCBI or manuscripts to the NIH Manuscript Submission system (NIHMS) for compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy. Many administrators on campus use NCBI-managed credentials to access these resources.

After June 2022, users will no longer be able to use NCBI-managed credentials to login to NCBI.

Administrators and other users who do not have an eRA Commons account should select from one of the following options to access NCBI resources:

For more information, see:

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact the NCBI Help Desk: info@ncbi.nlm.nih.gov.


This information was current as of April 2022.