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NIH announces 2% funding increase for fellows on NRSA awards

Posted on May 19, 2011 at 10:51am

NIH announces a 2% increase in NRSA stipend levels effective 10/1/2010

Dear UW Faculty and Administrators:

On April 25, 2011 NIH sent out Notice No. NOT-OD-11-67 to announce 2% increase in the stipend levels paid to NRSA trainees and fellows for awards made with fiscal year 2011 funds.  This applies to predoctoral trainees and postdoctoral Senior Fellow Trainees with stipends on NRSA grant sources.  Only NRSA trainees appointed and receiving funds from awards made since October 1, 2010 are eligible for this stipend increase.  NRSA trainees presently funded on awards made with federal fiscal year 2010 funds continue to receive the previous stipend levels until their appointments are funded from federal fiscal year 2011 award funds.  This is NIH’s standard practice whenever NRSA stipend levels are adjusted.

The stipend is not compensation for services.  The salary freeze the university is currently operating under does not restrict increasing the stipends for these trainees.

NIH will send revised Notice of Awards for NRSA awards made on or after October 1, 2010 to reflect the new stipend levels.  Upon receipt of the revised Notice of Award, Office of Sponsored Programs will issue a Funding Action to Grant and Contract Accounting to increase the stipend levels for the NRSA award.   

When the Funding Action is in place, the department must use xTrain to adjust the stipend levels for only the trainees appointed on or after 10/1/2010 on these awards.  It is recommended that departments 1) increase the stipend in the first available pay period to address the 2% increase for prior months; and (2) increase  remaining stipend payments in the trainee’s appointment period  to the new stipend levels for the duration of the appointment. If assistance is needed, please contact the payroll office. 

Questions regarding this announcement may be directed to Ted Mordhorst at 616-8678, tedm2@uw.edu or Sinh Simmons at 685-7165, ssimmons@uw.edu .


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