REEport/CRIS Reporting

REEport System Live as of May 6, 2013 –
Please Activiate your NIFA Portal Access

On Friday, May 3, faculty received an email from USDA-NIFA, requesting activation of access in the new CRIS reporting system, REEport. This link is from USDA and it’s important to activate access to the system.

The email does not mean an USDA report needs to be submitted. The email is just for access to REEport for future reports that may need to be submitted for USDA or Formula/Hatch grants. Many do not have passwords, so you may need to reset your password.

Use this link to the REEport homepage to activate your access:

If you have any questions or did not receive a REEport email, but should have, please contact Casey Hillmer at: 262-2397 or


REEport (Research, Education, and Extension Project Online Reporting Tool) is NIFA’s electronic reporting system for ongoing and recently completed research and extension projects in agriculture, food and nutrition, and forestry. REEport replaced the CRIS web forms system in May 2013 and implements the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) format, a standard progress report format that all Federal research agencies are required to use for research grant reporting.

Why are Reports Necessary?

Since UW-Madison is a Land-Grant University and receives Federal Formula Grants, CALS is required to report all research funding, regardless of the source, via REEport.

Funding sources that must be reported include, but are not limited to, Federal, Non-Federal, State, and unrestricted sources.

All research projects in CALS must be inventoried in REEport under a DUNS (Data Universal Numbering System) number.

Completing Reports

Several different types of reports are required during the lifecycle of a project:

Project Initiation Reports (formerly AD416/417 Reports)

Projects are established in REEport by completing a Project Initiation Report. Project Initiation Reports are required for new Hatch, Hatch Multistate, Animal Health, McIntire-Stennis, and NIFA awards.

When Project Initiation reports are needed, Casey Hillmer will facilitate initial setup, and will contact the PI with instructions for completing Project Initiation information in REEport.

Progress Reports (formerly AD421 Reports)

After a project is set up using a Project Initiation Report, annual Progress Reports are required. Annual Progress Reports are due in January of each year.

PIs will be notified of the due date and provided with instructions for completing Progress Reports.

Final Termination Reports (formerly AD421 Reports)

When a project is completed, a Final Termination Report is needed in order to change its status from active to completed. A final report is meant to cover the life of your project. You should summarize all major activities and accomplishments achieved while the project was active.

When a Final Termination Report is needed, Casey Hillmer will contact the PI with instructions for completing Final Termination information in REEport.

Formula Grants are vital to the CALS research mission; failure to file timely REEport reports puts our continued receipt of these funds at risk. Please make every effort to complete the reports quickly and accurately.

If you need assistance, please contact Casey Hillmer at

REEport Forms/Documents