Applicants and grantees are strongly encouraged to contact the NIH staff persons named in the most recent Notice of Award or the staff person in the NIH awarding Institute or Center identified in the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA).
The Federal Government's fiscal year (FY) begins on October 1. So, FY 2012 is from October 1, 2011 through September 30, 2012. All applications that will be awarded during this period are considered to be FY 2012 awards. For example, an award made on July 1, 2012 (Budget start date: 7/1/2012 – Budget end date: 6/30/2013 ) is considered to be an FY 2012 award.
Probably not right away. Your appointment was made in the previous fiscal year and falls under that year’s stipend policy. If you remain on the training grant for another year, you will receive the higher stipend amount when you are reappointed in July.
Wait to hear from the awarding Institute or Center. The grants management official assigned to your grant will revise the Notice of Award (NOA) to incorporate the new stipend levels. Once you receive the revised NOA, you must use xTrain in the eRA Commons to amend any previously accepted appointments to reflect the new stipend levels.
The applicant should not calculate costs of tuition, fees, or health insurance at the time of application submission. The applicant should request full costs of tuition and fees. The NIH contribution to health insurance is built into the lump sum award for Training Related Expenses, and will be calculated by the grants management specialists at the awarding Institute or Center at the time of award.
No. Funds awarded in the stipends or tuition and fees (excluding health insurance) categories may not be used for other purposes except under unusual circumstances and then only with the prior approval of the NIH awarding office. Therefore, funds from the stipend or tuition and fees categories may not be used to provide additional funding for health insurance, unless prior approval is given by the NIH awarding component.
The NIH does not set health insurance policy for awardee institutions. The NIH provides funds to offset a portion of the costs associated with health insurance (either self-only or family as appropriate) at the rate in place at the time of the award. Health insurance costs are allowable only if they are applied consistently to all persons in a similar research training status at the institution regardless of the source of support. Individuals should seek advice from the grantee institution regarding institutional policies and procedures.
F&A costs for all research training awards will be budgeted and reimbursed at 8% of modified total direct costs, exclusive of tuition and fees, expenditures for equipment and subgrants and contracts in excess of $25,000.