The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recognizes that the high cost of childcare impacts graduate students and postdoctorates funded through National Research Service Award (NRSA) fellowships or training grants. As part of ongoing efforts to support family-friendly work environments for the NIH-supported workforce, NIH began providing childcare support to recipients of NRSA awards:
- per NIH Guidance NOT-OD-21-177 for individual fellowships (Fellows)
- per NIH Guidance NOT-OD-21-074 for full-time predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees appointed on NRSA institutional research training awards (Trainees)
Each NIH NRSA funded Fellow or Trainee is eligible to receive $2,500 per budget period for costs for childcare provided by a licensed childcare provider. For households where both parents are NRSA fellows, each parent is eligible to receive $2,500.
Childcare costs are permitted for dependent children living in the eligible Fellow’s or Trainee’s home from birth until the age of 13, or, for children who are disabled and under 18. Childcare costs do not apply to elder or non-child dependent care costs.
For assistance with proposing or obtaining sponsor prior approval for a NRSA childcare supplement, please contact your Sponsored Projects Specialist.
For payment processing status, please contact the Department Administrators listed in your payment submission form.
For technical assistance submitting the online payment request form or questions on this announcement, please contact SponsoredPrograms@unc.edu.