eRA Commons and My NCBI Quick Start Guide

How to create an eRA Commons account (UNC)

The Office of Sponsored Research is responsible for establishing new accounts for eRA Commons for UNC faculty and staff. Send an email to and include:

  • full name
  • desired username
  • university email
  • roles needed (Information on roles is available here.)
How to create a My NCBI account

Go to PubMed.

Click on Login and then the link to Sign Up. Create an account using one of the options below.

If you have never used My NCBI and you do have an eRA account, we strongly recommend clicking on “Sign in with eRA Commons”.

How to link a My NCBI account to an eRA Commons account

Log into My NCBI.

Click on your login name in the top right. Select “Account Settings” from the dropdown menu.

Click on the “Change” button for “Linked Accounts.”

Search for era in the list of “Login Account Options”. Choose “NIH & eRA Commons” and then log into your eRA Commons account.

If you encounter problems, contact the help desk with the National Library of Medicine. They may need to manually link your eRA Commons account with your current My NCBI account. Include in your help ticket:

  • MyNCBI username
  • eRA Commons username
  • Email address