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PI Salary Cap and Stipends

Updated February 20, 2014, with new stipend levels.

Salary Cap

The salary cap is $181,500, as announced in a February 10, 2014, Guide notice.

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 February 10, 2014, Guide notice:

Fellowship and Training Stipend Levels, in Dollars

Career Level 12 months 1 month
Predoc

22,476

1,873

Postdoc 0 42,000 3,500
Postdoc 1 43,680 3,640
Postdoc 2 45,432 3,786
Postdoc 3 47,244 3,937
Postdoc 4 49,128 4,094
Postdoc 5 51,096 4,258
Postdoc 6 53,148 4,429
Postdoc 7 or more 55,272 4,606

More Information

For news on our budget, watch this page or the NIAID Funding Newsletter. 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 February 20, 2014

Last Reviewed February 20, 2014