FY 2021 Fiscal Policies for Grant Awards: Funding Levels, Salary Limits, and Stipend Levels


NIH issued guidance for NIH Fiscal Operations for FY 2021 including the following policies:

  • FY 2021 Funding Levels: Non-competing continuation awards made in FY 2021 will generally be issued at the commitment level indicated on the Notice of Award.
  • Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA): NIH will increase NRSA stipends by approximately two percent for predocs and two percent for postdocs.
  • Next Generation Researchers Initiative Policy: NIH will prioritize meritorious R01-equivalent applications from Early Stage Investor (ESI) PD/PIs.
  • Salary Limits: Salary limit is set at $199,300.

For additional guidance and details, see NOT-OD-21-058.

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