NIH GUIDE, Volume 25, Number 44, December 20, 1996


P.T. 34



National Institute on Aging


The National Institute on Aging (NIA) announces a change in the

provision of costs on certain career awards supported by the

Institute. This change is effective for new and continuing awards to

be issued in fiscal year 1997 (FY 97) and subsequent years.  Where

applicants have already applied for an award under the former

guidelines, if they are to be issued an award, they will be contacted

by Institute staff and asked whether they wish to submit a budget

that is revised to match the revised allowable costs.


Prospective applicants are also reminded that all career award

applications must be submitted following just-in-time procedures.

These procedures are described in the NIH Guide (NIH GUIDE, Vol. 25,

No. 10, March 29, 1996; NIH GUIDE, Vol. 25, No. 16, May 17, 1996).


Affected mechanisms:


This change in allowable costs applies to new and continuing K01

(Mentored Research Scientist Development awards, Special Emphasis

Research Career awards), K02 (Independent Scientist awards), K04

(Research Career Development awards), K08 (Mentored Clinical

Scientist Development awards,  Clinical Investigator awards), K11

(Physician Scientist awards) and K12 (Mentored Clinical Scientist

Development Program awards, Geriatric Academic Program awards.)


The change does not apply to K07 (Academic Career - Leadership



NIA does not support K05 (Senior Scientist awards) and K07 (Academic

Career - Development awards).


Allowable Costs:


New Awards and Competing Continuations


1.  Salary:  Beginning in FY 97 the NIA is providing salary and

fringe benefits for K award recipients, based on the institution's

salary scale for faculty at an equivalent experience level. The

amount allowed varies by the length of the award. Up to $60,000 per

year (plus commensurate fringe benefits) is allowed for three year

awards. For longer awards, up to $60,000 is allowed on any three

years of the award, and $50,000 is allowed on the remaining year or

years.  For K12 program awards amounts are limited per slot. The

$60,000 per year limit is allowed for no more than 60 per cent of

authorized slots in any one year, and no more than 5 total slots. The

$50,000 limit will apply to remaining slots.


The institution may supplement the NIA contribution up to a level

that is consistent with the institution's salary scale; however,

supplementation may not be from Federal funds unless specifically

authorized by the Federal program from which such funds are derived.

In no case, may Public Health Service (PHS) funds be used for salary

supplementation. Institutional supplementation of salary must not

require extra duties or responsibilities that would interfere with

the purpose of the career award.  Under expanded authorities,

however, institutions may rebudget funds within the total costs

awarded to cover salaries consistent with the institution's salary



The total salary requested must be based on a full-time, 12-month

staff appointment.  It must be consistent both with the established

salary structure at the institution and with salaries actually

provided by the institution from its own funds to other staff members

of equivalent qualifications, rank, and responsibilities in the

department concerned.  If full-time, 12-month salaries are not

currently paid to comparable staff members, the salary proposed must

be appropriately related to the existing salary structure.


2.  Research Development Support:  1. K01 and K08 awards. The NIA is

providing  up to $20,000 per year for the following expenses: (a)

tuition, fees, and books related to career development; (b) research

expenses, such as supplies, equipment, and technical personnel; (c)

travel to research meetings or training; (d) statistical services

including personnel and computer time.  2. K12 awards. The NIA is

providing $20,000 per year for up to five slots and no more than

$10,000 per year for remaining slots.


For K02 awards NIA will provide up to $5,000 annually to offset the

cost of tuition, fees,  books, and similar educational materials

related to career development.


3.  Ancillary Personnel Support:  Salary for mentors, secretarial and

administrative assistance, etc., is not allowed.


Continuing Awards (Type 5)


Beginning with the FY 97 renewal of Type 5 noncompeting continuing

K01, K02, K04, K08 and K11 awards,  the NIA is permitting increases

to these awards up to the revised limits for new and competing awards

for salary and for research development expenses. However, no

continuing award may be increased by more than $15,000 in direct

costs in any single fiscal year. For Type 5 noncompeting continuing

K12 awards,  NIA is also permitting increases to these awards up to

the revised limits for new and competing K12 awards. However, no K12

award may be increased by more than $7,500 in direct costs per

awarded slot in any single fiscal year.


Direct inquiries concerning programmatic issues to:


Dr. Robin A. Barr

Office of Extramural Affairs

National Institute on Aging

7201 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 2C218, MSC 9205

Bethesda, MD  20892-9205

Telephone:  (301) 496-9322

FAX:  (301) 402-2945



Direct inquiries relating to fiscal matters to:


Mr. Joseph Ellis

Grants and Contracts Management Office

National Institute on Aging

7201 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 2N212, MSC 9205

Bethesda, MD  20892-9205

Telephone:  (301) 496-1472

FAX:  (301) 402-3672




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