National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Recent News and Updated Guidance:

June 2017: 

As you may know, the Executive Level II salary previously set at $185,100 increased to $187,000 effective January 8, 2017. As in years past, MIT will utilize the new cap starting with the first pay period after notification, March 1, 2017. If you do adjust your salaries, please keep in mind:

  • The associated EB and F&A charges will also increase relative to the increase salary costs.
  • You should also review your cost sharing templates and make updates as needed.

As a reminder, the salary cap increase must beconsistent with the current salary in place and no additional funds will be provided.

Below are the notices which give more information. Please contact your Contract Administrator if you need more information.

March 2017: NIH issued Interim Guidance on the Salary Cap for Grants and Cooperative Agreements. The Executive Level II salary increased to $187,000 effective January 8, 2017. Institutions can rebudget, where appropriate, salaries at the Execute Level II level. No additional funds will be provided. NIH will issue additional guidance once the Department of Health and Human Services Appropriations for FY17 is enacted.

January 26, 2016: NIH has come out with new stipend levels for NRSA awards, please see notice NOT-OD-16-062 for details,

January 22, 2016: NIH sent out a reminder of changes to the grant application polices and instructions for due dates on or after January 25, 2016, please see

NIH Deadlines

Deadlines for submittal are 5:00 p.m. local time and can be found as follows. Largest NIH deadlines are usually for R01 and R21 new or resubmission deadlines:

For standard deadline dates the PA/RFA will state that “standard dates apply”:

Standard deadline dates are subject to the NIH rule that deadlines falling on FEDERAL holidays or weekends become due on the next business day. The table at the end of the deadline cycle list states the earliest possible start date for the chosen deadline cycle.

For special program (RFA’s) the specific deadline will be in the RFA text and is a hard and fast deadline.

NIH Forms & Applications:

NIH SF424 Electronic Proposal Submission Guidelines:

NIH Electronic Application FAQs

Current NIH Solicitations for "Parent" grants


OSP Checklists and Preparation Guides
for NIH Grant Applications

NIH DP1 and DP 2

NIH Training Grants

NIH F-Series

Link: How to Find NIH PAs and RFAs
Link: NIH Grants Policy Statement
Link: NIH Public Access Policy for authors