1. What is the current salary cap?

June 1, 2010

The current salary cap is $199,700 for grants, cooperative agreements, and research and development contracts, which corresponds to Executive Level I of the Federal Executive Pay scale. For more information, see NOT-OD-10-041. Remember to always check for specific instructions in the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA)

2. Does the salary cap include consultants?

June 1, 2010

No. Consultants are paid at a “reasonable rate.” Reasonableness is based on the going rate for the locale, type of work, and what the organization normally pays for comparable work. For more information, see NOT-OD-10-041 Remember to always check for specific instructions in the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA)

3. What is the cap on graduate student compensation?

June 1, 2010

A graduate student supported by an NIH research grant or cooperative agreement (non-NRSA) cannot be paid more than the zero level of the National Research Service Award (NRSA) stipend for postdoctoral fellows in effect at the time the grant award is issued. For more information, see NOT-OD-02-017. Remember to always check for specific instructions in … Continue reading “3. What is the cap on graduate student compensation?”

When should I advise referees to submit letters of reference for my fellowship application?

May 1, 2010

Referees do not need to wait until the application is submitted to submit letters of reference. These letters may be submitted as early as the opening date of the funding opportunity announcement and as late as five business days after the application deadline. See section 5.4, page I-97 of the fellowship application guide for more … Continue reading “When should I advise referees to submit letters of reference for my fellowship application?”