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NIH Salary Caps by Federal Fiscal Year

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Interim Guidance on Salary Limitation for Grants and Cooperative Agreements

Per NIH notice NOT-OD-18-137, the new NIH salary cap is $189,600 effective January 7, 2018

Salaries up to this new $189,600 level are allowed to be charged starting January 7, 2018, to NIH funded grants provided the necessary funds are available and the salary cap increase is consistent with the institutional base salary.

NOTE: No additional funds will be provided by NIH.

Once the Department of Health and Human Services Appropriation for FY 2018 is enacted, NIH will publish the annual Notice of legislative mandates to provide information on any statutory provisions that limit the use of NIH grant funds in FY 2018.  Additional guidance on the salary cap will also be provided at that time. 

For those planning to make payroll adjustments due to this salary cap increase, we encourage using February 1st, 2018, as the start date for any changes.  Start dates other than the first day of the month may lead to errors due to the manual calculations required.

When preparing all future NIH grant proposals, please use the new salary cap maximum.  Both the ORSP Proposal Preparation page and Cayuse data have been updated to reflect the new NIH Salary Cap level.

Please share this information with everyone (faculty, students/postdocs and staff) involved with grant proposal submissions or grant awards administration in your areas. 

Should anyone have questions, please contact your assigned ORSP Grants Administrator or call 843-792-3838 for assistance.



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