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Salary Cap and Stipends

Updated January 14, 2015.

Salary Cap

The salary cap is currently $183,300, as announced in a December 30, 2014, 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 in a December 30, 2014, Guide notice:

Fellowship and Training Stipend Levels, in Dollars

Career Level 12 months 1 month
Predoc 22,920 1,910
Postdoc 0 42,840 3,570
Postdoc 1 44,556 3,713
Postdoc 2 46,344 3,862
Postdoc 3 48,192 4,016
Postdoc 4 50,112 4,176
Postdoc 5 52,116 4,343
Postdoc 6 54,216 4,518
Postdoc 7 or more 56,376 4,698

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 November 19, 2015

Last Reviewed January 14, 2015