NIH Fiscal Policies in Effect for Fiscal Year 2018

NIH issued notice NOT-OD-18-180, which provides updates on:

  • FY 2018 Funding Levels – NIH is restoring most non-competing continuation awards already made in FY 2018 and remaining non-competing continuing grants are expected to be at the commitment level indicated on the Notice of Award.
  • Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Stipends – NIH is increasing NRSA stipends by approximately 2%.
  • Next Generation Researchers Initiative Policy – NIH is prioritizing meritorious R01-equivalent applications from early stage investigator (ESI) principal investigators.
  • Salary Limits – NIH Salary limits have increased to $189,600 effective January 7, 2018.

Read the full announcement.

Changing the Status of a PD/PI: Reminder of the NIH Prior Approval Policy

NIH recently issued Guide Notice, NOT-OD-18-172, Clarification of NIH's Policy Regarding a Change in Program Director's/Principal Investigator's Status, to remind the community about the NIH’s prior approval policy requirements when an institution seeks to change the status of a PI or other senior/key personnel as designated in the Notice of Award (NOA). This Notice also helps clarify the situations in which NIH’s prior approval is required. Your Sponsored Projects Office can assist with this process. 

Read the article.

Read NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-18-172, released May 1, 2018.

Learn more about the prior approval policy and requirements in NIH Grants Policy Statement 8.1.2.6.

Working with Human Subjects? New Human Subjects System Replaces NIH’s Inclusion Management System

On June 9, 2018, a new Human Subjects System replaced the Inclusion Management System (IMS) previously used for reporting participant sex/gender, race, and ethnicity information for NIH grants. The new system consolidates human subject information submitted in applications and progress reports and will be used for all human subject-related post-submission updates as of its release on June 9. 

Recipients should access the system through the Human Subject link found on both the eRA Commons Status page and in the RPPR. Investigators and signing officials are able to make study updates or corrections (including just-in-time or off-cycle updates) through the new system.

To find additional information read NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-18-179.

Information is also available on the NIH website.

A training video, and other resources are available on the Training Pageof the NIH site.