The NIH Validation Service allows an institution to run validations on S2S proposals against eCommons so you can catch relevant errors/warnings prior to submission. Although Kuali Research has system validations that is driven from the Grants.gov form requirements NIH sponsors when the submission has to go through eCommons it will run it's own set of validations specific to the program announcement. For example, checking page limit requirements, NIH eCommons user names, attachment requirements, etc.
When the NIH Validation Service is configured and enabled (more info on that below) then the NIH validations will display in the proposal in the validation window. These validations will only display when the baseline information has been entered (PI, budget, required info, etc.). These NIH validations can be identified by the label of Validation Service Error or Validation Service Warning and the rule number at the beginning of the message is listed (i.e. 010.2.1 - 96).
There is some setup required to configure your Kuali Research environments to point to the eRA Commons sites so it can run the opportunity validations. If a hosted customer, simply submit a zendesk support ticket and we'll work with you to get this set up in your environments. More info on this setup process for hosted and on-prem customers can be found in the Configuring Kuali Research with NIH eCommons Validation Service article.
Once configured to point to the eRA Commons sites you will need to then enable the service via the Enable_NIH_Validation_Service parameter by changing value to Y. Be aware of the below parameters related to the NIH validation service:
- Enable_NIH_Validation_Service - parameter to enable the NIH Validation service.
- Enable_NIH_Validation_Service_Caching - improves performance when NIH Validation is enabled; recommended value of Y if NIH Validation service is turned on.
- Show_Section_In_Data_Validation - will improve the display of eCommons validations in the Validation popup window; recommended N if NIH Validation service is enabled.
NIH Validation Mapping table
The NIH Validation Mapping table in the Maintenance tab works in conjunction with the NIH Validation Service and the errors/warnings that are transmitted by NIH when checking a NIH S2S proposal. This new maintenance table gives institutions the ability to customize the user received validation messages and fix-it links associated with the NIH Validation service when the Enable_NIH_Validation_Service parameter is set to Y. Bootstrap data will be available to load this table with relevant validations you may want to alter/configure that may best serve your business processes. More information on this functionality can be found in the NIH Validation Mapping article.