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

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:

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Brian Bertlshofer
Director, Cost Analysis and Compliance

Director, Research Administration, Office of Sponsored Research

I am pleased to announce that Jennifer Teixeira will join the Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) as the Director of Research Administration. Jennifer has over 15 years of university experience with 12 years of Sponsored Research Administration specific experience. Her responsibilities have spanned departmental and central administration roles, and include training and staff development, office restructuring and business process streamlining, system implementation, and pre- and post-award duties. Jennifer comes to UNC from NC State and UC Merced where she served in sponsored programs leadership roles.

As Director of Research Administration, Jennifer will oversee the newly formed Research Administration division of OSR, which is responsible of proposal review and submission, award negotiation, set-up and management, and the newly formed subcontract team. She will be assisted by two assistant directors, and will report to the Interim Executive Director of OSR, Renee Gonzales.

Andy Johns
Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Research

Interim Executive Director, Office of Sponsored Research

It is my pleasure to welcome Renee Gonzales as the new Interim Executive Director of UNC’s Office of Sponsored Research (OSR). Reporting to me, Renee will lead the OSR’s daily operations, including proposal review, award setup and management, financial reporting and invoicing, as well as audit and compliance.

Renee comes to us from Texas where she served for many years as the Executive Director of Sponsored Programs at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Prior to her work at MD Anderson, Renee was with Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, where she served in many capacities ranging from Pre Award, Post Award, Compliance Officer, and also as Director of Sponsored Research. Renee’s experience in the various areas of Research Administration will be a valuable asset to UNC as she continues our efforts to transform and improve the OSR.

Renee holds a BBA and MPA from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and is also a Certified Research Administrator (CRA).

Andy Johns
Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Research

Save the Date OSR Sponsored Training Opportunity

The Office of Sponsored Research is pleased to announce a special 2-day training opportunity in conjunction with The Society for Research Administration International.

SRA International is the premier research management association; providing education, training and research management operation reviews across the globe. Its mission is to globally foster and strengthen research management, administration and knowledge transfer. The course is traditionally offered twice a year with typically sold out programs. With extremely high ratings, they are continually updating and adapting the program to offer participants the latest in best practices and federal regulation procedures.

This opportunity will be offered on the UNC-CH campus. Availability will be limited to 80 participants and offered on a first come, first served basis.

When: April 27-28, 2017
Time: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM both days with a one-hour break for lunch
Cost: $200.00 /person – Lunch and refreshments will be provided
Target Audience: Beginner to Intermediate - Open to All
Registration Process: Instructions to follow

Research administration is comprised of many facets. The purpose of this conference is to provide participants with a broad overview of the various aspects involved in research administration. The two-day intensive course will discuss all areas of research administration from finding funding all the way through post-award.

The format of the course includes presentations by the instructors using Power Point and reference materials and examples for added explanations. Participant questions and interactions are encouraged throughout the presentations and during instructional breaks.

New Facilities and Administration Rate

On January 7, 2017, UNC finalized its new facilities and administrative (F&A) rate agreement with DHHS. Beginning July 1, 2017, UNC’s new F&A rate will be increased from 52.0% to 55.5%.

Please be sure to incorporate this new rate into new and competing budget renewals that have an effective date after July 1, 2017. Also, please note that noncompeting renewals will continue to use the rate applied at inception of the project.