NRSA postdoc stipend increases go into effect, supplemental funding available

Effective Dec. 1, 2016, postdoctoral trainees supported by Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards may receive increased stipends. This change applies to currently active postdoctoral trainees or fellows with 0, 1, or 2 years of experience as of the effective date and is distinct from a projected cost of living adjustment in FY 2017.

If you have an NRSA (F32), you can request supplemental funding to cover the cost of these increases using the Parent Announcement for Administrative Supplements to Existing NIH Grants, PA-16-287. To ensure you receive this funding as soon as possible, NIH is encouraging NRSA recipients not to propose any changes to the grant that would require prior IC approval in the supplemental funding application.

A few key points:

  • Supplemental funding is to support increases for appointees at their current levels; it cannot be used to adjust their levels or increase the number of appointees.
  • Applicants should only request funds to cover increases in stipends for postdoctoral fellows at levels 0, 1 or 2 from December 1, 2016 up to the end date of the current budget year of the award. For periods less than a whole month, stipends should be prorated (see full announcement for examples).
  • The stipend level for the entire first year of support must be determined by the number of full years of relevant postdoctoral experience when the award is issued. This may include research experience (including industrial), teaching, internship, residency, clinical duties, or other time spent in a health-related field.
  • You should work with your representative in OPAM to make sure you’re following all NIH and OHSU policies and procedures. They can help you!