March 15, 2007

NIH Updates Related to FY 2007 Budget Appropriations

The National Institutes of Health published several notices in the February 23 NIH Guide ( related to the approval of the FY 2007 NIH budget appropriations.

Notice of Legislative Mandates in Effect for FY 2007 -050.html
This notice provides information on the statutory provisions that limit the use of funds on NIH grant, cooperative agreement, and contract awards for FY 2007. Joint Resolution (P.L. 110- 005) provides funding for the remainder of FY 2007 It also continues the bill language from FY 2006 under the same terms and conditions as were provided in the FY 2006 Appropriations Act (P.L. 109-149).

Implementation of NIH Fiscal Policy for Non-Competing Grant Awards - FY 2007 -049.html
To implement the FY 2007 fiscal guidance, non-competing research awards will be awarded at 97.1% of the FY 2007 committed level. Future year commitments also will be adjusted accordingly. Institutes and centers will maintain the flexibility to supplement such non-competing awards on a case by-case basis. However, such supplements will not be considered as part of the base for future budgetary adjustments. Non-competing awards previously issued in FY 2007 at reduced levels will be revised to restore funds to the level indicated above.

Salary Limitation on Grants, Cooperative Agreements, and Contracts -051.html
The provision in the NIH appropriations that restricts the amount of direct salary to Executive Level I of the Federal Executive Pay scale continues through FY 2007 The Executive Level I annual salary rate was $183,500 for the period January 1 through December 31, 2006. Effective January 1, 2007, the Executive Level I salary level increased to $186,600.

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Stipend and Other Budgetary Levels Effective for Fiscal Year 2007 -052.html
The stipend levels for FY 2007 Kirschstein-NRSA awards for undergraduate, predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees and fellows remain the same as in FY 2006. The notice provides summaries of the stipend levels and of training-related expenses and institutional allowances or predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees and fellows.