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For FY 2012, the Consolidated Appropriations Action, 2012 (Public Law 112-74) signed into law on December 23, 2011 lowered the salary limitation on NIH Grants from Executive Level I ($199,700) to Executive Level II ($179,700). This change is effective with grant awards with an Initial Issue Date on/After 12/23/2011. See NIH Guide Notice NOT- OD-12-035 for additional details. The Summary Table and Questions and Answers are provided here as resources to help navigate implementation of this change.
|Initial Award Issue Date||Award Type||Exec Level (EL) for FY 2012||Notes|
|On/Before 12/22/2011*||Competing||EL I||
|On/After 12/23/2011||Competing||EL II||
*A list of awards issued on/before 12/22/2011 subject to EL 1 when a salary limit is applicable is found at: http://report.nih.gov/FileLink.aspx?rid=824
**References to future years are contingent upon legislation that supports this provision or provides otherwise.
The Issue Date is in the Header information of every Notice of Award (NoA). When an award is revised; the NoA shows “REVISED” next to the Grant Number field and the Issue Date reflects the date of that revision; therefore the “initial Issue Date” is the date on the FY2012 NoA that has no reference to “REVISED”. Examples are provided below:
Example 1: Award with “initial Issue Date”—no reference to “REVISED” is shown as part of the Grant Number Field:
Example 2: Revised Award: 1) “REVISED” shows next to Grant Number Field; and, 2) Issue Date is new. This Issue Date is not the “initial Issue Date” because the NoA shows “REVISED”.
The Fiscal Year is a data field on the award located in SECTION I – AWARD DATA, in the Fiscal Information section as well as in the chart immediately below. See the following example:
Executive Level I ($199,700) would be the applicable limit for the entire length of the no-cost extension period.
NIH application instructions remain unchanged. Applications with a detailed budget should continue to reflect the actual institutional base salary of individuals for whom reimbursement is requested. NIH will make any adjustment necessary using the applicable salary limit in effect at the time of award. In lieu of actual base salary, institutions may elect to provide an explanation in the budget justification narrative indicating that the actual institutional exceeds the current salary limitation. When this information is provided, NIH staff will make necessary adjustments to requested salaries prior to award.
When preparing an application using the modular budget format, applicants should use the current salary limit when estimating the number of modules requested.
For progress reports (non-SNAP), requested salary may not proportionally exceed any imposed salary limit.
No, revised budgets to adjust for the lower salary cap will not be accepted. This is the case even if the original budget was submitted in response to a Funding Opportunity Announcement with direct or total costs limits.
No, NIH will not adjust any non-competing award (SNAP or non-SNAP) for salary cap. In this situation, the grantee must apply Executive level II once the award is issued.