“In my grant application, can I budget salary escalation for each year of the project period?”

Funding News Edition: August 05, 2020
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NIH has no rule that explicitly disallows salary escalation, but keep these three points in mind:

  1. You should be mindful of any salary policies internal to your institution.
  2. If you propose salary escalation, you’ll need to provide an explanation in section L. Budget Justification of the SF 424 R&R grant application.
  3. You cannot exceed the NIH Salary Cap or salary limitations stated in a given funding opportunity announcement. Further, you cannot assume the salary cap will increase in future years; stay within the current year’s cap when budgeting for subsequent years.

For more advice on completing your application’s budget section, go to Create a Budget.

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