INCREASE IN SALARY SUPPORT ON NIA-SUPPORTED CAREER AWARDS  

Release Date:  June 28, 1999

P.T.  

National Institute on Aging 

The National Institute on Aging (NIA) announces an 
increase in allowable salary on certain career awards 
supported by the Institute. This change is effective for 
awards to be issued in fiscal year (FY) 2001 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 revised budget. 

AFFECTED MECHANISMS

This change in salary level applies to new and continuing 
K01 (Mentored Research Scientist Development Awards), 
K02 (Independent Scientist Awards), K08 (Mentored 
Clinical Scientist Development Awards), and K12 
(Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Program 
Awards). 

This change does not apply to K07 (Academic Career – 
Leadership Awards), K23 (Mentored Patient-Oriented 
Research Career Development Awards), K24 (Mid-career 
Investigator Awards in Patient-Oriented Research), K25 
(Mentored Quantitative Research Career Development 
Awards), or K26 (Mid-Career Investigator Awards in 
Mouse Pathobiology Research). These programs have 
specific provisions for salary described in program 
announcements available in the NIH Guide.

New Awards (Type 1) and Competing Renewals (Type 2)

Salary Allowance: Beginning in FY 2001 the NIA is 
providing salary for K01, K02 and K08 award recipients, 
consistent with the institution's salary scale for faculty with 
equivalent experience up to a level of $75,000 per 12 
months, plus applicable fringe benefits. For K12 program 
awards the $75,000 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 on the award. A $60,000 limit will 
apply to remaining slots. All K01, K02, K08 and K12 
awards require a minimum of 75% effort on the career 
award activities by the candidate. NIA will allow the full 
$75,000 (or $60,000 cap) for 75% effort.

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 authorized funds within 
the total costs awarded to cover salaries consistent with the 
institution's salary scale. 

The total salary requested must be consistent with 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. 

Research Development Allowance: 
1. K01 and K08 awards: The NIA is continuing to provide 
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 continuing to provide $20,000 
per year for up to five slots and no more than $10,000 per 
year for remaining slots. 

3. K02 awards: NIA will continue to provide up to $5,000 
annually to offset the cost of tuition, fees,  books, and 
similar educational materials related to career development. 

Salary for mentors, secretarial and administrative assistance, 
etc., is not allowed. 

Noncompeting continuations (Type 5) 

Beginning with the FY 2001 renewal of Type 5 
noncompeting K01, K02, and K08 awards,  the NIA is 
permitting increases to these awards up to the revised levels 
for new and competing awards. However, no noncompeting 
award may be increased by more than $15,000 in direct 
costs in any single fiscal year. Any remaining adjustment 
will be made the following year. For Type 5 noncompeting 
K12 awards,  NIA is also permitting increases to these 
awards up to the revised levels for new and competing K12 
awards. However, no K12 award may be increased by more 
than $10,000 in direct costs per awarded slot in a single 
fiscal year. 

INQUIRIES

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
Email:  rb42h@nih.gov

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
Email: je14j@nih.gov 


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