NIH Fiscal Policies in Effect for Fiscal Year 2018


NIH Guide notice NOT-OD-18-180, issued on May 16, 2018, provides NIH policy on:

  • FY 2018 Funding Levels – We are generally restoring non-competing continuation awards already made in FY 2018 and making remaining non-competing continuing grants at the commitment level indicated on the Notice of Award.
  • Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Stipends – We are increasing NRSA stipends by approx 2%.
  • Next Generation Researchers Initiative Policy – We are prioritizing meritorious R01-equivalent applications from early stage investigator (ESI) principal investigators.
  • Salary Limits – Salary limits increased to $189,600 effective January 7, 2018.
  • Other Legislative Mandates – These mandates limit or condition the use of funds on NIH grant, cooperative agreement, and contract awards for FY 2018.

Read the details in the full announcement.


  1. What about the early-established investigators?
    Everyone knows that study sections are more about politics, rather than science these days.
    A little extra help for those with minimal study section service (ie. influence), but whom are productive and generating important research with the potential to improve human health, would be nice. The ESI policy does not go far enough.

  2. Why does the NGRI policy here not include prioritization for Early Established Investigators – i.e., mid-career? This is a critical hole in the pipeline. Please include.

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