The NIH issued NOT-OD-17-094 to provide guidance and updates on salary supplementation and compensation for recipients of Career (“K”) Awards. Salary supplementation refers to the effort committed to the K Award whereas salary compensation refers to effort not committed to the K Award. Salary supplementation for the effort directly committed can be provided by the recipient institutions of the K Award to be consistent with the institutions salary scale. However, this can only be supported by non-federal funds and not require extra duties or responsibilities that interfere with the goals of the K Award. Compensation can be provided for the effort not directly committed to the K Award from both federal and non-federal sources. It may only be received for work that does not support the aims of the K Award and can support any role (e.g., PD/PI, co-investigator, etc.).
K Awards allow for changes in effort during the last two years of the K award. Effort may never be reduced below 50% on the K Award. The two circumstances may include:
- Where a mentored K awardee competes for a NIH/federal award or is named as Project Lead on another Principal Investigator’s federal award (whether related or unrelated to the aims of the K Award), they can reduce effort on the K (no lower than 50%) to work on the new award/project. This is concurrent support and applies to the following mentored K Awards: K01, K07, K08, K22, K23, and K25 as well as individuals mentored through institutional K12 or KL2 awards (see NOT-OD-08-065 or NIH GPS 188.8.131.52).
- Where the K awardee competes for a federal award that is unrelated to the K Award, they can combine both effort not committed to the K Award with the effort committed to the K Award.
These situations must be discussed with NIH Program Officer over the specific K Award to discuss using any of these options to determine if there is scientific overlap.