NIH Announces Grant Policy Under CR

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Oct. 11 announced that while the agency operates under the continuing resolution (CR, P.L. 112-175), it “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.”

NIH also announced that 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 Dec. 23, 2011.

The CR, which President Obama signed Sept. 28, continues government operations through March 27, 2013, at the FY 2012 level plus 0.6 percent [see Washington Highlights, Sept. 28].