NIH Operates Under a Continuing Resolution

Notice Number: NOT-OD-13-002

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

  • May 8, 2013 - See Notice NOT-OD-13-064. NIH Fiscal Policy for Grant Awards FY 2013.
  • February 21, 2013 - See Notice NOT-OD-13-043. NIH Operation Plan in the Event of a Sequestration.
  • January 2, 2013 - See Notice NOT-OD-13-018. NIH Operates Under a Continuing Resolution - UPDATE.

Key Dates
Release Date: October 11, 2012

Issued by
National Institutes of Health (NIH)


The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), including NIH, operates under a Continuing Resolution (CR) (H. J. Resolution 117) that was signed by President Obama as Public Law 112-175 on September 28, 2012. The CR continues government operations through March 27, 2013 at the FY 2012 level plus 0.6 percent.

Until FY 2013 appropriations are enacted, NIH will issue non-competing research grant awards at a level below that indicated on the most recent Notice of Award (generally up to 90% of the previously committed level). This is consistent with our practice during the CRs of FY 2006 - 2012. Upward adjustments to awarded levels will be considered after our FY 2013 appropriations are enacted but NIH expects institutions to monitor their expenditures carefully during this period. All legislative mandates that were in effect in FY 2012 remain in effect under the CR, including the salary limitation set at Executive Level II of the Federal Pay Scale ($179,700), which was effective with grant awards with an initial Issue Date on or after December 23, 2011 (see NOT-OD-12-034 and NOT-OD-12-035).


Questions regarding adjustments applied to individual grant awards may be directed to the Grants Management Specialist identified on the Notice of Award.