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Salary Cap and Stipends

Updated January 27, 2016.

Salary Cap

The salary cap is currently set at $185,100 as announced in a December 24, 2015, Guide notice. See the Guide notice for calculation examples and questions and answers.

Congress sets the salary cap for grantees and contractors and stipend levels for trainees and fellows. When you prepare your budget, check the cap on the direct salary you can charge to a grant in your competing or noncompeting application, contract, or proposal. Your institution may pay you beyond the cap with non-grant funds.

Note: for a nonmodular, noncompeting award, you may not get paid beyond the salary cap by rebudgeting from other categories, but you may use any freed-up salary funds for other purposes.

NRSA Stipend Levels

The levels shown below were set for FY 2016 in a January 26, 2016, Guide notice:

Fellowship and Training Stipend Levels, in Dollars

Career Level 12 months 1 month
Predoc 23,376 1,948
Postdoc 0 43,692 3,641
Postdoc 1 45,444 3,787
Postdoc 2 47,268 3,939
Postdoc 3 49,152 4,096
Postdoc 4 51,120 4,260
Postdoc 5 53,160 4,430
Postdoc 6 55,296 4,608
Postdoc 7 or more 57,504 4,792

More Information

For news on our budget, watch this page or NIAID Funding News. Learn what information to expect and when at Paylines and Budget Pages Change Throughout the Year.

The main page, Paylines and Funding, has more financial information such as the Financial Management Plan and NIAID Paylines.

Last Updated January 27, 2016

Last Reviewed January 27, 2016