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NIH Salary Cap for 2018 - $189,600 

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We won't forward those to you, but we will send general reminders or reinforce the essential policy items in these RAPid updates and on our Sponsor-Specific Resource pages.

Contact your assigned Government Team ORSP Project Representative with any questions.

On March 7, 2018, NIH issued Guidance on Salary Limitations for Grants, Cooperative Agreements FY 2018 (NOT-OD-18-137). The Executive Level II salary has increased to $189,600.

All proposals to NIH may now use the new salary cap for budgeting purposes, effective January 7, 2018. For active awards, if funds are available, grantees may re-budget funds to accommodate the new cap with the effective date (not required). However, when and if re-budgeting know that no additional funds will be provided, and the amount must fit within your authorized budget. View NIH's history of Salary Caps.
Additionally, please remember that at this time, while the  FY 2018 budget for the federal government passed last week, NIH has not received an FY 2018 appropriation and is operating under the "Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018" (Public Law No: 115-56, or "the Continuing Resolution"). NIH will publish the annual Notice of legislative mandates to provide information on any statutory provisions that limit the use of NIH grant funds in FY 2018. 

Updates to our U-M FORMS-E Worksheet 

In the Winter 2018 edition of The RAP, we announced the availability of a fillable PDF worksheet for NIH FORMS-E with questions extracted from the SF424 forms set. (The purpose of this document is to aid Research Administrators (RAs) in collecting the detailed data and the answers to scientific questions and to complete FORMS-E and the new "PHS Human Subjects and Clinical Trials Information Form in eRPM.") Some have found this helpful when getting accustomed to the FORMS-E changes. With that in mind, we have made some changes and wanted to let you know about them! We have:NIH Forms E Workshop Snapshot
  1. Added guidance to Study Record header information (p. 4).
  2. Added additional outcome measures (p. 12) and guidance on question 4.3 (p. 7).
  3. Added “Reset Question” buttons.
  4. Corrected guidance on attachment 3.5 (p. 5), indicating it is required for clinical trials and optional for human subjects
  5. Added version history table and link to document on ORSP website.
When using this form or any resource, it's best to check the website to get the latest version. For this, visit
* Thanks to Chris DeVries, Melissa Karby, and Cathy Liebovitz, the Research Administration Advisory Council (RAAC)'s appointed workgroup who created this innovative resource! We also thank those of you who have provided feedback to make this better.
Additional U-M Resources

Overview of Recent NIH Changes Video

  • Senior Project Representative Colleen Vogler from ORSP narrates a video slideshow** providing an overview of NIH changes and a walkthrough of key items in eRPM.

✔ Start early on the new SF424 FORMS-E. It takes more time and requires the PI's input.
✔  Know if you have a Clinical Trial. Review the Four Question decision tree.
✔  Use the correct funding opportunity announcement (FOA).
✔  Complete Good Clinical Practice Training.
✔  Register and report in once your proposal is funded.
✔  For any NIH-funded multi-site study involving human subjects (whether a clinical trial or not), you may need a Single Institutional Review Board (sIRB).
Additional NIH Resources

U-M Workshop: NIH Public Access Policy: Everything You Need To Know

NIH Public Access Policy
The Taubman Health Sciences Library shared with us an upcoming workshop that will examine what the Public Access Policy says and to whom it pertains. Attendees will examine each of the steps required to comply with the policy, from the grant preparation to the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR). 

Register here.
Event Title: National Institute of Health Public Access Policy: Everything You Need To Know
Date: April 19, 2018 
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Location: Taubman Health Sciences Library, Room 4360 (see map

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