NIH Salary Cap: Guidance on Salary Limitation for Grants and Cooperative Agreements FY 2018

NIH issued guidance on the use of a new NIH salary cap, to increase from $187,000 to $189,600.  See  The effective date of this increase is January 7th, 2018.

NIH has not received the final Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 appropriation and is operating under a continuing resolution through March 23rd, 2018 (see NOT-OD-18-136 also a very important notice).  However, NIH issued this guidance until a budget is passed.

In summary, this is how the $189,600 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 $187,000 through 1/6/18.
    • Cap is $189,600 from 1/7/18 – 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.

Stephanie F. Scott, MS, CRA
March 08, 2018