NIH Operates Under a Continuing Resolution
Notice Number:

Key Dates

Release Date:
October 21, 2020

Related Announcements

NOT-OD-20-065 - Guidance on Salary Limitation for Grants and Cooperative Agreements FY 2020

NOT-OD-20-066 - Notice of Legislative Mandates in Effect for FY 2020

NOT-OD-20-068 - Notice of Fiscal Policies in Effect for FY 2020

NOT-OD-20-070 - Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Stipends, Tuition/Fees and Other Budgetary Levels Effective for Fiscal Year 2020

Issued by

Office of The Director, National Institutes of Health (OD)


The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), including NIH, operates under the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021 and Other Extensions Act (Public Law 116-159) signed by President Trump on October 1, 2020. This Act (CR) continues government operations through December 11, 2020 at the FY 2020 enacted level, with no reduction.

Continuing the procedures identified under NOT-OD-20-068 and consistent with NIH practices during the CRs of FY 2006 - 2020 the 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). Upward adjustments to awarded levels will be considered after FY 2021 appropriations are enacted, but NIH expects institutions to monitor their expenditures carefully during this period. All legislative mandates that were in effect in FY 2020 (see NOT-OD-20-066) remain in effect under this CR, as well as the salary limitation set at Executive Level II of the Federal Pay Scale (see NOT-OD-20-065) and the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award predoctoral and postdoctoral stipend levels and tuition/fees as described in NOT-OD-20-070.


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

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