This Notice was RESCINDED on April 8, 2020, please see�NOT-CA-20-047�that replaces it.


RESCINDED - Notice on Policy Regarding Minimum Level of Effort for NCI-Funded Awards

Notice Number: NOT-CA-20-033

Key Dates
Release Date: March 3, 2020 (Rescinded April 8, 2020)

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National Cancer Institute (NCI)


This notice describes the NCI’s policy on the minimum level of effort that will be a part of the funding consideration for NCI-funded grants. In addition to previously established policies for specific grant mechanisms that have been described in funding opportunity announcements (FOAs), Principal Investigators (PIs), including Project Leaders on multi-project grants, will be required to commit a minimum level of effort to be eligible for NCI funding through R01, U01, P01, and R21 grant mechanisms. Effective immediately, competing applications that do not meet the minimum criteria will not be considered for funding unless the level of effort is raised to comply with the policy. In addition, a request to reduce the PI’s level of effort in subsequent years of funding will not be approved if the proposed level of effort falls below the minimum level. The minimum effort policy described in this notice will not apply when the grant is in a no-cost extension.

Unless otherwise stated in an FOA, the minimum levels of effort are as follows:



Minimum Level of Effortin calendar months/year (%)



1.8 months (15%)


1.2 months (10%)each



1.8 months (15%)

Project PI

1.2 months (10%)

PI and Project PI

3 months (25%)

Core Leader

0.6 months (5%)



0.6 months (5%)

R35 (Current Policy)


6 months (50%)

P50(Current Policy)

PI or 2 multi-PIs

2.4 months (20%)each

3 or more Multi-PIs

1.8 months (15%)each


0.6 months (5%)each

Core Director

0.6 months (5%)

P30(Current Policy)


3 months (25%)

Core Director

0.6 months (5%)

Requisite levels of effort for grant mechanisms not listed in this table are stipulated in the FOA.

The policy will ensure that PIs devote the appropriate effort and attention to project leadership for the duration of the grant award.


Please direct all inquiries to:

Questions regarding NCI’s implementation of this policy should be directed to the NCI Grants Management Specialist for the award. Questions of a programmatic nature should be directed to the NCI Program Official for the award.