Updates from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

As a result of the signing into law of The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 (Public Law 115-141), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has released a number of notices concerning requirements for use of NIH grant, cooperative agreement, and contract award funding for federal FY 2018.  

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) released a Notice of Fiscal Policies in Effect for FY 2018 (NOT-OD-18-180) on May 16, 2018. In summary:

Subject Summary

FY 2018 Funding Levels

In general, non-competing continuation grants (research and non-research) including those that remain to be issued in FY 2018 will be made at the commitment level indicated on the Notice of Award. Grants previously funded at reduced levels (NOT-OD-18-120) under the Continuing Resolution will have their funding levels restored. Any exceptions will be posted on the NIH Funding Strategies webpage.  

Out-year commitments for continuation awards in FY 2019 and beyond remain unchanged.

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA)

NIH will increase NRSA stipends by approximately 2% on average. See NOT-OD-18-175 for the full range of stipend adjustments for FY 2018 and Implementation of the June 1, 2018 Postdoctoral Scholar Salary Scale Change for additional UCSF specific details.

Next Generation Researchers Initiative Policy

NIH will prioritize meritorious R01-equivalent applications from ESI PD/PIs. See NOT-OD-17-101 for more information.

The Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) is identifying these proposals and will be providing guidance directly to the affected Principal Investigators.   

Salary Limits

Effective January 7, 2018, Executive Level II salary increased to $189,600. Salaries under grants and other extramural mechanisms cannot exceed this salary level. See NOT-OD-18-137 for additional information.

UCSF has already implemented this new salary cap.  See NIH Salary Cap Changes Effective January 8, 2018 in the April Newsletter.  

NIH also released a Notice of Legislative Mandates in Effect for FY 2018 (NOT-OD-18-181) on May 16, 2018. Highlights of the notice include:

Subject Summary

Division H, Title II: Department of Health and Human Services Appropriation Act, 2018

New requirement of two NIH Institutes related to for-profit recipients of funds for certain research areas contribute a match of funds or documented in-kind contributions.

Division H, Title V: Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2018

Statutory provisions that limits or conditions the use of funds:

  • Anti-Lobbying
  • Acknowledgment of Federal Funding
  • Restrictions on Abortions
  • Exceptions to Restriction on Abortions
  • Ban on Funding Human Embryo Research
  • Limitation on Use of Funds for Promotion of Legalization of Controlled Substances
  • Restriction on disclosure of political affiliation for Federal scientific advisory committee candidates
  • Dissemination of False or Misleading Information
  • Restriction on Distribution of Sterile Needles
  • Restriction of Pornography on Computer Networks

See the Notice for details on these statutory provisions.

If you have questions about these NIH notices, contact your OSR Team or CGA Team.