FY 2022 Fiscal Policies for Grant Awards: Funding Levels, Salary Limits, and Stipend Levels


NIH issued guidance for NIH Fiscal Operations for FY 2022 including the following policies:

  • FY 2022 Funding Levels: Non-competing continuation awards made in FY 2022 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. The full range of stipend adjustments for FY 2022 is described in NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-22-132.
  • Salary Limits: The salary limitation for Executive Level II is $203,700.

For additional guidance and details, see NOT-OD-22-105.


  1. I hope this email finds you very well.

    My name is Antonio Cadiz, I am a Postdoctoral Associate at the University of Miami.

    Please, can you help me clarify the following general questions (I couldn’t find clarity on NIH website):

    1- Are the values of stipends listed in https://www.niaid.nih.gov/grants-contracts/salary-cap-stipends the minimum enforceable values a postdoc will get paid under an NIH grant (whether from NCI or NIAID)? Or are they Cap amounts so that any salary below them would be OK depending on the terms of the grant?
    2- Are postdoc’s stipends supposed to increase over time according to the values on the NIH website? Or stipends can remain the same over time?

    I sincerely appreciate it if you could please shed light on this.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.


    1. Hello, we hope these answers help clarify:

      1. NRSA fellows and trainees will receive stipends at the level determined by NIH, which may be supplemented by their Institution. Please check the NIH Grants Policy Statement for further information.
      2. Stipend levels are updated annually and apply to awards made with funds for the specified fiscal year. Stipends remain in effect for the entire period of an appointment (even if the appointment lasts into the next fiscal year). If a trainee remains on the training grant for another year, they will receive any increase to the stipend amount associated with the new fiscal year when they are reappointed.

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