FY18 NIH NRSA Stipends, Tuition/Fees and Other Budgetary Levels Released

Official NIH Notice: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-18-175.html

NIH released the stipend levels for fiscal year (FY) 2018 (October 1, 2017 – September 30, 2018) Kirschstein-NRSA awards for predoctoral, and postdoctoral trainees and fellows. The link above includes all of the details. You can use these new stipend and expense levels in your proposals and progress reports, effective immediately.

To note, the predoctoral stipend increased to $24,324 (FY18), up from $23,844 (FY17). However, the Training Related Expenses and Institutional Allowances for predoctoral trainees and fellows remain unchanged.

The zero level postdoctoral stipend increased to $48,432 (FY18), up from $47,484 (FY17). The Training Related Expenses and the Institutional Allowance for postdoctoral trainees and fellows have increased to $9,850 (FY18), up from $8,850 (FY17).

As a reminder: the maximum amount that NIH will award to support the compensation package for a graduate student research assistant remains at the zero level postdoctoral stipend, as described in NOT-OD-02-017.

The amount NIH will award tuition and fees remains unchanged.

And very important, “All FY 2018 awards previously issued using NOT-OD-17-084 and NOT-OD-17-003 will be revised to adjust funding to the FY 2018 levels.  Appointments to institutional training grants that have already been awarded in FY 2018 must be amended to reflect the FY 2018 stipend levels once the training grant award has been adjusted by the NIH.  Amended appointments must be submitted through xTrain in the eRA Commons.  Retroactive adjustments or supplementation of stipends or other budgetary categories with Kirschstein-NRSA funds for an award made prior to October 1, 2017 are not permitted.”

Please let me, or your SPA Project Officer know, if you have any questions.

Stephanie F. Scott, MS, CRA
May 09, 2018