INTERIM NIH salary cap guidance

On Friday, March 17th, NIH issued interim guidance on the use of a new NIH salary cap, to increase from $185,100 to $187,000. See The effective date of this increase is January 8th, 2017.

March 20, 2017

NIH has not received a Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 appropriation and is operating under a continuing resolution through April 28th, 2017 (see NOT-OD-17-048, also a very important notice). However, NIH issued interim guidance until a budget is passed.

In summary, this is how the $187,000 salary cap can be applied:

  • NIH proposal budgets may be submitted using the new cap.
  • Active NIH awards may rebudget to the new cap if restricted to Executive Level II, and adequate funds are available, and the salary cap increase is consistent with the institutional base salary. The new cap should be prorated for the applicable months:
    • Cap is $185,100 through 1/7/17.
    • Cap is $187,000 from 1/8/17 – present.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to your SPA Project Officer. We will keep you posted on any developments.