NIH Salary Cap – Interim Guidance on Salary Limitation for Grants and Cooperative Agreements

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Currently the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016, restricts the amount of direct salary for individuals under NIH grant and cooperative agreement awards to the Executive Level II of the Federal Executive pay scale.

The Executive Level II salary was previously set at $185,100 and increased to $187,000 effective January 8, 2017.

At this time NIH has not received a FY2017 appropriation and is operating under a Continuing Resolution that applies the terms and conditions of the Consolidation Appropriations Act, 2016. Once the DHHS Appropriation for FY2017 is enacted, NIH will notify and publish the annual Notice of legislative mandates that provides information on the limitations on NIH grant funds in FY2017. NIH will also provide any additional guidance on the salary cap at that time.

The NIH notice number is NOT-OD-17-049 and can be reviewed at:
https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-17-049.html

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Brian Bertlshofer
Director, Cost Analysis and Compliance