Full Text NOT-97-002
NIH GUIDE, Volume 26, Number 1, January 10, 1997
P.T. 34

  Grants Administration/Policy+ 

National Institutes of Health
In order to streamline the award of competing National Research
Service Award (NRSA) individual postdoctoral fellowships (F32), the
NIH hereby modifies the policy regarding payment of self-only health
insurance costs articulated in the NIH Guide for Grants and
Contracts, Vol. 25, No. 2, February 2, 1996 and again in the
Fellowship Guidelines published in Vol. 25, No. 31, September 20,
1996.  In these two documents, the NIH stated that beginning with
fiscal year 1997 postdoctoral fellowship awards, the NIH would award
funds to offset 100 percent of the first $2000 and 60 percent of
expenses above $2,000 that are associated with the combined cost of
tuition, fees, and self-only health insurance.
Because few postdoctoral fellows incur educational costs and self-
only health insurance costs are routine and fairly predictable, the
NIH has elected to increase the institutional allowance by $1,000 to
partially offset the cost of self-only health insurance.
Incorporating these costs into a fixed allowance will significantly
streamline the issuance of fellowship awards while retaining
consistency with the recommendations of the NIH Task Force on NRSA
Tuition Policy (this report can be found on the World Wide Web at
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/oep/tuition.htm).  Postdoctoral fellows
will still be able to request additional funds for tuition and fees
associated with specific courses using the formula stated above.
Beginning with competing postdoctoral fellowships awarded in fiscal
year 1997, the NIH will provide an institutional allowance of $4,000
per 12-month period to non-federal, non-profit sponsoring
institutions to help defray such awardee expenses as self-only health
insurance, research supplies, equipment, and travel to scientific
meetings.  The NIH will provide up to $3,000 for fellows sponsored by
Federal laboratories or for-profit institutions for expenses
associated with self-only health insurance, travel to scientific
meetings, and books.  The NIH also will provide additional funds to
offset the combined cost of tuition and fees for specific courses,
which support the research training experience, at the following
rate: 100 percent of all costs up to $2,000 and 60 percent of costs
above $2,000.
Inquiries regarding this policy may be directed to:
Walter T. Schaffer, Ph.D.
Research Training Officer
National Institutes of Health
6701 Rockledge Drive, Room 6184
Bethesda, MD  20892-7910
Telephone:  (301) 435-2770
FAX:  (301) 480-0146
Email:  ws11q@nih.gov

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