NIH GUIDE, Volume 25, Number 2, February 2, 1996


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  Grants Administration/Policy+ 


National Institutes of Health


As a follow-up to the Public Forum on the National Research Service

Award Tuition Policy held on June 5, 1995 (NIH Guide for Grants and

Contracts, Vol. 24, No 13, April 7, 1995 and Vol. 24, No. 15, April

28, 1995), the NIH will implement a new policy for the support of

tuition costs, beginning with competing National Research Service Act

(NRSA) research training grants made in fiscal year 1996.

Implementation for NRSA fellowships will begin with competing awards

made in fiscal year 1997.  The tuition policy is based on

recommendations from the NIH Task Force on NIH Tuition Policy, which

officiated at the Public Forum.  The complete text of these

recommendations is available under the NIH Home Page on the World

Wide Web (


o  Tuition, for the purpose of this policy, means the combined cost

of tuition, fees and self-only health insurance.


o  The new tuition policy will be phased in with competing (Type 1,

Type 2) awards.


o  Support for tuition costs of training grants and fellowships for

which the new (Type 1) or competing renewal (Type 2) award was made

prior to the implementation dates will remain consistent with

policies in effect at the time of the competitive award.


o  For competing training grant awards made in fiscal year 1996 and

henceforth, the NIH will reimburse 100 percent of the cost of tuition

up to $2,000 and 60 percent of tuition costs above $2,000 for each

predoctoral trainee and each undergraduate trainee supported by the

Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) and Career Opportunities

in Research (COR) training grants.  This policy will also apply to

individual predoctoral fellowships awarded in fiscal year 1997 and

henceforth.  This policy does not however apply to the Minority

Fellowship Program of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).


o  As in the past, support for the tuition costs of postdoctoral

trainees are limited to the cost of self-only health insurance and

the costs of specific courses in support of the approved research

training program.  Postdoctoral tuition costs for a trainee will

continue to require prior approval on a case-by-case basis by the NIH

awarding component and will be paid according to the policy described

above for predoctoral trainees and fellows.  This policy also will

apply to postdoctoral fellowship awards beginning in fiscal year



o  Non-competing (Type 5) of awards of Type 1 and Type 2 awards made

under this policy will reimburse tuition costs in the amount paid in

the previous award year, unless there is a change in scope of the



o  Carry over of unobligated training grant funds will continue to be

permissible only with the prior written approval of the NIH awarding



o  The awardee institution retains full authority to rebudget funds

into or within the stipend and tuition cost categories of an

institutional training grant.  Rebudgeting funds into the trainee

travel and the institutional cost categories will continue to require

the prior written approval of the NIH awarding component.



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