ARRA - Recovery Act

Information for Faculty/Researchers

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) has provided new funding opportunities for Cornell researchers and ARRA awards have additional and new reporting requirements. Use this page to identify Recovery Act funding opportunities, explore frequently asked questions about NSF and NIH stimulus funding, and learn what you must do to ensure compliance with ARRA reporting requirements.

ARRA Reporting

ARRA awards have additional and different business requirements as set forth by the ARRA. There are specific funds management requirements and reporting on all projects/programs funded with ARRA funds and it is critical that these requirements be met. The Federal government has developed a central reporting site for the submission of all required ARRA reporting ( The Office of Sponsored Programs and the Division of Financial Affairs are coordinating the reporting for ARRA awards to the system, in collaboration with other central administrative offices, colleges, departments, and Principal Investigators. All data required must be submitted in a consolidated manner, therefore reporting is being done centrally by institutions, not by individual award recipients. Cornell is already registered with the system. Reports are required quarterly and include general, fiscal and technical information. All information will be made publicly available on the federal reporting website

ARRA Reporting Schedule

Date due at Cornell Date to be submitted by Cornell Federal due date
Monday, Jan. 3, 2011 Friday, Jan. 7, 2011 Monday, Jan. 10, 2011
Monday, April 4, 2011 Friday, April 8, 2011 Sunday, April 10, 2011
Friday, July 1, 2011 Friday, July 8, 2011 Sunday, July 10, 2011
Monday, Oct. 3, 2011 Friday, Oct. 7, 2011 Monday, Oct. 10, 2011
Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012 Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 Monday, April 9, 2012 Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Monday, July 2, 2012 Monday, July 9, 2012 Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012 Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012 Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012
Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013 Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013 Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013
Wednesday, April 3, 2013 Tuesday, April 9, 2013 Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 Tuesday, July 9, 2013 Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013 Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013 Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013
Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 Friday, Jan. 10, 2014
Thursday, April 3, 2014 Wednesday, April 9, 2014 Thursday, April 10, 2014
Thursday, July 3, 2014 Wednesday, July 9, 2014 Thursday, July 10, 2014
Friday, Oct. 3, 2014 Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014 Friday, Oct. 10, 2014
Monday, Jan. 5, 2015 Friday, Jan. 9, 2015 Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015
Friday, April 3, 2015 Thursday, April 7, 2015 Friday, April 10, 2015
Friday, July 3, 2015 Thursday, July 9, 2015 Friday, July 10, 2015
Monday, Oct. 5, 2015 Friday, Oct. 9, 2015 Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015
  • Date due at Cornell: This is the internal Cornell due date (by close of business).
  • Date to be submitted by Cornell: This is the date that Cornell central administrative offices must submit quarterly ARRA reports to
  • Federal due date: This is the date that all quarterly reports are due to

ARRA Reporting Guidelines for Principal Investigators

What are the data elements required for ARRA reporting and who is going to report this information?
There are many data elements required for ARRA reporting. All data will be reported to by an ARRA Reporting Specialist, working in collaboration with the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP), Sponsored Financial Services, other central administrative offices and department administrators, with the goal of minimizing the burden on researchers.

PIs are responsible for providing OSP only technical information and project status information.
What technical information needs to be reported by PIs?
Only Project Status and Quarterly Activities/Project Description data elements are required. These data elements are defined as follows:
  1. Project Status: Select one of the four choices:
    1. Not started
    2. Less than 50% completed
    3. Completed 50% or more
    4. Fully completed
  2. Quarterly Activities/ Project Description: (2,000 characters or less including blank spaces)
    1. NIH specific guidance: The Quarterly Activities/Project description should NOT be considered a quarterly scientific progress report. Instead, the NIH requests a description of the overall purpose and expected outputs and outcomes or results of the award and subawards.

      For NIH grantees, in situations where there are no significant changes from the Award Description (i.e. your project abstract submitted to the NIH with your proposal; to view this again visit: NIH RePORTER ), then state "As defined in the Award Description."

      NIH grantees should also briefly note if the grant is being transferred or relinquished.
    2. NSF-specific guidance: The Quarterly Activities/Project description is NOT considered a quarterly scientific/technical project report. Provide a very brief summary of activities conducted on the project to date, including items such as, the personnel in place, the research underway, and the equipment that has been purchased and/or installed.
    3. DOE-specific guidance: A clear and complete description of all significant activities delivered and billed for the reporting period. This description should describe the quarterly activities of the award and subawards.
  3. Further Guidance Relevant to all Sponsors
    • All responses should be written in complete sentences.
    • Explain all abbreviations or acronyms that may be unfamiliar to the general public.
    • Do NOT include the names of project personnel who are working on your project. Instead, use general terms to refer to them such as "graduate student", "postdoc", etc.
    • Do NOT include images of any kind (photos, graphs, charts, etc.).
    • Do NOT include a list of publications resulting from the award or the meetings attended/presentations made.
    • Be brief. This information will be pasted into a spreadsheet cell that allows a maximum of 2,000 characters, including blank/white spaces between words.
    • Note: There may be additional project-specific information that PIs will need to review or provide, depending on award terms and conditions. Sponsors can add additional reporting requirements at any time.
    • Please be aware that all reported information will be publicly available on
When do PIs report technical information?
The federal government requires that institutions report quarterly. To meet these set deadlines, OSP requests that PIs submit their technical information using the on-line Form 5 (five) business days in advance of the date that we are required to submit it to the federal government (see "Reporting Schedule").
Where do PIs send technical information?
A special on-line Form has been created for ARRA reporting at Cornell.
In what format do PIs send technical information?
Technical information should be submitted using the on-line Form.
When does quarterly reporting for an ARRA award end?
ARRA quarterly reporting is completed when all the following have occurred:
  1. The award has terminated (i.e., has reached its end date, is transferred or relinquished) or the funds are fully expended.
  2. Cornell has invoiced the sponsor for all ARRA-funded expenditures.
  3. The PI has completed all deliverables and indicated that the project is "Fully Completed."
Does ARRA quarterly technical reporting replace a PI's other award reporting requirements?
NO. All ARRA awards still require the routine annual and final technical reports that a PI is responsible for submitting directly to the sponsor for non-ARRA supported awards. For example, NSF award recipients are required to submit an Annual Project Report each year while the award is active, a Final Project Report at the end of the award, and a Project Outcomes Report at the end of the award. These reports are all still required for NSF ARRA-supported awards, in addition to the ARRA quarterly technical reports, which are submitted internally.