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NIH Updates: FY15 Funding Levels, Increased Salary Cap, FY15 Stipend Levels for Kirschstein-NRSA

FY 2015 Funding Levels

Several non-competing continuation awards issued in federal FY 2015 were funded at levels below that indicated on the most recent Notice of Award (generally up to 90% of the previously committed level), as described in NOT-OD-15-001. NIH will be fully or partially restoring some of these awards depending on the Institute or Center.

Non-competing continuation grants (research and non-research) including those that remain to be issued in FY 2015 likely will be made within the range between the commitment level indicated on the Notice of Award and 3% below that level. Commitments for continuation awards in FY 2016 and beyond will remain unchanged.

Increased Salary Cap

NIH announced the updated salary limitation for NIH grant and cooperative agreement awards and extramural research and development contract awards for FY 2015 (please see NOT-OD-15- 049). The Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 (Public Law 113-235), signed into law on December 16, 2014, restricts the amount of direct salary to Executive Level II of the Federal Executive pay scale. The Executive Level II salary is currently set at $181,500, increasing to $183,300 effective January 11, 2015. Please note for 9-month faculty the corresponding salary cap is $137,475.

Please note NIH policy for categorical budgets states that grantees should always reflect actual base salaries in the requested budgets or provide an explanation indicating that actual institutional base salary exceeds the current salary limitation. As a general rule, NIH will use the information available in the existing application and make adjustments for the salary cap based on information available at the time of award.

Also, if adequate funds are available in active awards, and if the salary cap increase is consistent with the institutional base salary, grantees may rebudget to accommodate the current Executive Level II salary level. However, no additional grant funds will be provided.

New Stipend Levels for Fiscal Year 2015 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards

On December 30, 2014, NIH released notice of increased stipend levels for federal fiscal year (FY) 2015 Kirschstein-NRSA awards for undergraduate, predoctoral, and postdoctoral trainees and fellows, as shown in the tables below. Tuition and Fees, Training Related Expenses, and Institutional Allowance amounts remain unchanged.

The budgetary categories below apply only to Kirschstein-NRSA awards made with FY 2015 funds. All FY 2015 awards previously issued using FY 2014 stipend levels will be revised to adjust stipends to the FY 2015 level.

Appointments to grants already awarded in federal FY 2015 (those made October 1, 2014, or later) must be amended to reflect FY 2015 stipend levels once NIH adjusts the award. Amended appointments must be submitted through xTrain in eRA Commons.

Stipends

The following annual stipend levels are effective with all Kirschstein-NRSA awards made on or after October 1, 2014. One stipend level is used for all predoctoral candidates, regardless of the level of experience:

Career Level Years of Experience Stipend for FY 2015 Monthly Stipend
Predoctoral All $22,920 $1,910

For postdoctoral, the stipend level for the entire first year of support is determined by the number of years of relevant postdoctoral experience at time of award. Once the appropriate stipend level is determined, the postdoc must be paid at that level for the entire grant year. The stipend for each additional year is the next level in the stipend structure and does not change mid-year.

Career Level Years of Experience Stipend for FY 2015 Monthly Stipend
Postdoctoral 0 $42,840 $3,570
1 $44,556 $3,713
2 $46,344 $3,862
3 $48,192 $4,016
4 $50,112 $4,176
5 $52,116 $4,343
6 $54,216 $4,518
7 or More $56,376 $4,698

For Senior Fellows (F33 only), the amount of the Kirschstein-NRSA stipend must be commensurate with the base salary or remuneration that the affiliated institution would have paid the individual on the issue date of the award, and cannot exceed the current Kirschstein-NRSA stipend limit. NIH support does not provide fringe benefits for senior fellows.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees amounts do not change with the implementation of the FY 2015 budget.

  • Predoctoral Trainees and Fellows: For institutional training grants (T32, T34, T35, T90, TL1) and individual fellowships (F30, F31), an amount per predoctoral trainee equal to 60% of the level requested by the applicant institution, up to $16,000 per year, will be If the trainee or fellow is enrolled in a program that supports formally combined, dual-degree training (e.g., MD/PhD, DO/PhD, DDS/PhD, AuD/PhD, DVM/PhD), the amount provided per trainee or fellow will be 60% of the level requested, up to $21,000 per year.
  • Postdoctoral Trainees and Fellows: For institutional training grants (T32, T90, TL1) and individual fellowships (F32, F33), an amount per postdoctoral trainee or fellow equal to 60% of the level requested by the applicant institution, up to $4,500 per year, will be If the trainee or fellow is enrolled in a program that supports postdoctoral individuals in formal degree-granting training, an amount per postdoctoral trainee or fellow equal to 60% of the level requested by the applicant institution, up to $16,000 per year, will be provided.

Institutional Allowance – Fellowships:

Also remaining unchanged from FY 2014, this allowance for predoctoral and postdoctoral fellows will be paid at the amounts below for all awards made with FY 2015 funds.

  • Institutional Allowance for individual fellows (F30, F31, F32, F33) sponsored by non-Federal Public, Private, and Non-Profit Institutions (including health insurance):
    • Predoctoral Fellows: $4,200
    • Postdoctoral Fellows: $7,850

 Training Related Expenses – Institutional Training Grants:

For FY 2015, these expenses (including health insurance costs) for T-type grants will be paid at the amounts below for all awards made with FY 2015 funds.

  • Predoctoral Trainees: $4,200
  • Postdoctoral Trainees: $7,850

See Questions and Answers Related to NRSA Tuition, Fees, and Health Insurance Policies: http://grants.nih.gov/training/nrsa_tuition_q&a.htm.

For more information, please see Notice #NOT-OD-15-048: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice- files/NOT-OD-15-048.html

If you have questions or comments, please contact Betsy Saylor at 974-3863.