Final Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (Kirschstein-NRSA) Policy for Tuition, Fees, and Health Insurance on Training Grants and Fellowships

Notice Number: NOT-OD-10-073

Key Dates
Release Date: March 24, 2010

Issued by
National Institutes of Health (NIH), (

Background and Purpose

In Fiscal Year 2007, the NIH implemented a major policy change in the awarding of tuition, fees, and health insurance on all Kirschstein-NRSA training grants and fellowships (NOT-OD-06-093).  In order to ensure consistency in awarding these costs and balance the need to maintain the preparation of future investigators with a desire to moderate the financial impact on extramural institutions, NIH modified existing budget categories and established formulas and caps for calculating the tuition and fees to be awarded.   At that time, NIH committed to evaluating the policy change through analysis of information submitted in annual progress reports.  

After evaluating the effects of these changes, and finding minimal effects on training grant rebudgeting and the numbers of trainees and fellows supported, the NIH announces that it is formally adopting the policy for the funding of tuition, fees, and health insurance, and will continue to apply it to all future awards. 

Final Policy

Under the now final funding policy:   

Tuition and Fees:

Grantees are reminded that these formulas are for award calculation purposes only.  Grantees should continue to request full needs in all competing applications; the formula will be applied at the time of award.  Tuition and Fees continue to be awarded in a single budget category and unless restricted, grantees are free to expend these funds as best meets the actual needs of supported trainees.  Similarly, unless otherwise restricted, institutions retain the authority to rebudget training grant funds between the stipend and tuition categories without prior NIH approval.  In the annual progress report, grantees must continue to explain any rebudgeting from stipends into tuition and fees that has occurred in the current budget period, and indicate whether rebudgeting is planned for the upcoming budget period.

Health Insurance:

Further details about current levels effective for Kirschstein-NRSA stipends, tuition, fees, health insurance, and training related expenses can be found in NOT-OD-10-047.


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