Allowable Salary Levels on Career Awards Supported by the National Cancer Institute

Notice Number: NOT-CA-09-013

Key Dates
Release Date: February 9, 2009

Issued by
National Cancer Institute (NCI), (

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is announcing a change in allowable levels of salary support for their early career (K01 [PAR-09-052], K07 [PAR-09-078], K08 [PAR-09-050], K12 [PAR-06-449], K22 [PAR-09-089 and PAR-09-069], K23 [PAR-09-051], K25 [PA-09-039]) and midcareer to established investigator (K05 [PAR-09-088], K24 [PA-09-037]) career awards.  The current NCI salary cap for the early career awards and for individual scholars supported by the NCI Paul Calabresi (K12; PAR-06-449]) Award for Clinical Oncology is $75,000 per year.  Salaries for the K05 [PAR-09-088] and K24 [PA-09-037] awards are up to the maximum legislated salary rate in effect at the time of award.  Effective for competing applications for these awards submitted after January 1, 2009, the NCI is setting the salary cap at $100,000 per year.

Any career award affected by this Notice requires the grantee to devote a minimum of 3 to 6 person-months (K05, K24), 6 person-months (K18), or 9 person-months (K01, K07, K08, K12, K22, K23, K25) to conducting cancer research.  The remaining effort may be devoted to clinical, teaching, and/or other research pursuits and activities consistent with the objectives of the awarded grant.  For information regarding NIH policy on determining full-time professional effort for career awards, see NOT-OD-04-056.

The salary 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.  Confirmation of salary may be required prior to the issuance of an award.  Fringe benefits, based on the sponsoring institution’s rate and the percent of effort, are provided in addition to the salary.


For further information, please contact:

Galen Gregor
Office of Grants Administration
National Cancer Institute
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