Salary Limitation on Grants, Cooperative Agreements and Contracts Under the Current Continuing Resolution

Notice Number: NOT-OD-09-037

Update: The following update relating to this announcement has been issued:

Key Dates
Release Date:  January 16, 2009

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National Institutes of Health (NIH), (

This notice provides updated information regarding the salary limitation for NIH grant and cooperative agreement awards and extramural research and development contract awards (referred to here as grants).

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2008, Public Law 110-161, restricts the amount of direct salary of an individual under an NIH grant to Executive Level I of the Federal Executive Pay scale.  NIH continues to operate on a continuing resolution (CR) through March 6, 2009.  The CR applies the terms of the FY 2008 appropriations into the period covered by the CR.  The Executive Level I annual salary rate was $191,300 for the period January 1 through December 31, 2008.  Effective January 1, 2009, the Executive Level I salary level increased to $196,700.  When the final FY 2009 Appropriation is enacted, we will publish our annual NIH Guide Notice on the legislative mandates included therein with additional information on the salary cap.


Questions concerning this notice or other policies relating to grants or contracts should be directed to the grants management or contracts management office in the appropriate NIH Institute or Center.

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