NIH Allowing One-Time Supplements to Cover Stipend Increases

Editor's note:

Please contact your SPA Project Officer ASAP to submit your supplement request.

December 05, 2016

The following NIH announcement is time sensitive: NOT-OD-17-002

NIH will allow one-time supplemental funding requests for currently active individual fellowship awards and institutional training grants to cover the stipend increases for trainees and fellows with 0, 1, or 2 years of postdoctoral experience as of December 1, 2016 to meet the new Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations.

The supplemental requests must be submitted using the Parent Announcement for Administrative Supplements to Existing NIH Grants, PA-16-287.  NIH did not indicate a deadline for these requests, however, stated they should be submitted “as soon as possible.”

For Institutional Training Grants (ex. T32, T90, TL1), applicants should only request funds to cover increases in stipends at the new FY17 NIH stipend levels (use the levels listed in NOT-OD-16-134) from December 1st, 2016 up to the end date of the current period of appointment.  The notice above contains various examples on how to calculate this.

In submitting these requests, it is important that the funds are calculated correctly.  Trainees may have varying appointment end dates, which will have an impact in the amount of funds you request.  Having that information on hand will be important.  NIH has stated that once a supplement has been issued, it will not be revised to account for any errors within an application.  Additional guidance regarding xTrain is forthcoming.

For Individual Fellowships (ex. F32), applicants should only request funds to cover increases in stipends for postdoctoral fellows at levels 0,1 or 2 from December 1, 2016 up to the end date of the current budget year of the award.  The subsequent budget period will automatically reflect the FY17 stipend levels.

For more information about FLSA, please contact your SPA Project Officer and see the announcements issued on June 13th, August 26th, and October 6th of this year at http://provost.columbia.edu/announcements.