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NIH Salary Caps

The purpose of this page is to provide updated information regarding the salary limitations on NIH grants and cooperative awards.

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October 1, 2011 through December 22, 2011 (Executive Level I): $199,700

December 23, 2011 through September 30, 2012 (Executive Level II): $179,700

These limits/caps apply to direct salary which is exclusive of fringe benefits and facilities and administrative expenses (also referred to as Indirect Costs). An individual's direct salary or institutional base salary is the annual compensation that the University of Pennsylvania pays for an individual's appointment, whether that individual's time is spent on research, teaching, patient care, or other activities. The amount of the NIH cap is dependent upon the federal fiscal year (FY) in which the grant or agreement was awarded to the University of Pennsylvania by NIH. This information can be obtained from the Notice of Award. Please contact ORS Staff for further assistance.

For assistance in calculating the amount of cost sharing associated with a salary cap, please see the Salary Cap Cost Sharing Estimator. (Please note that this is an Excel file. In order to use this file, your Excel must be set to allow/enable macros. Please see your local computer administrator for further assistance.)

The applicable NIH Salary Limitations/Caps are as follows:

For Federal FY 1999 Awards: Executive Level III  
  October 1, 1998 through December 31, 1999 $125,900
  January 1, 2000 and December 31, 2000 $130,200
     
For Federal FY 2000 Awards: Executive Level II  
  October 1, 1999 through December 31, 1999 $136,700
  January 1, 2000 through December 31, 2000 $141,300
  January 1, 2001 and December 31, 2001 $145,100
     
For Federal FY 2001 Awards: Executive Level I  
  October 1, 2000 through December 31, 2000 $157,000
  January 1, 2001 through December 31, 2001 $161,200
  January 1, 2002 through December 31, 2002 $166,700
  January 1, 2003 and December 31, 2003 $171,900
     
For Federal FY 2002 Awards: Executive Level I  
  January 1, 2001 through December 31, 2001 $161,200
  January 1, 2002 through December 31, 2002 $166,700
  January 1, 2003 and December 31, 2003 $171,900
     
For Federal FY 2003 Awards: Executive Level I  
  October 1, 2002 through December 31, 2002 $166,700
  January 1, 2003 and December 31, 2003 $171,900
For Federal FY 2004 Awards: Executive Level I  
  October 1, 2003 through December 31, 2003 $171,900
  January 1, 2004 and December 31, 2004 $175,700
For Federal FY 2005 Awards:

Executive Level I

**Note: Any awards issued in a prior FY (with an Executive Level 1 cap) may use the levels listed below if funds are available. No additional funding will be issued by NIH.

 
  October 1, 2004 through December 31, 2004 $175,700
  January 1, 2005 and December 31, 2005 $180,100
For Federal FY 2006 Awards:

Executive Level I

**Note: Any awards issued in a prior FY (with an Executive Level 1 cap) may use the levels listed below if funds are available. No additional funding will be issued by NIH.

 
  October 1, 2005 through December 31, 2005 $180,100
  January 1, 2006 and December 31, 2006 $183,500
For Federal FY 2007 Awards:

Executive Level I

**Note: Any awards issued in a prior FY (with an Executive Level 1 cap) may use the levels listed below if funds are available. No additional funding will be issued by NIH.

 
  October 1, 2006 through December 31, 2006 $183,500
  January 1, 2007 and December 31, 2007 $186,600
For Federal FY 2008 Awards:

Executive Level I

**Note: Any awards issued in a prior FY (with an Executive Level 1 cap) may use the levels listed below if funds are available. No additional funding will be issued by NIH.

 
  October 1, 2007 through December 31, 2007 $186,600
  January 1, 2008 through December 31, 2008 $191,300
For Federal FY 2009 Awards:

Executive Level I

**Note: Any awards issued in a prior FY (with an Executive Level 1 cap) may use the levels listed below if funds are available. No additional funding will be issued by NIH.

 
  October 1, 2008 through December 31, 2008 $191,300
  January 1, 2009 through December 31, 2009 $196,700
  January 1, 2010 through December 31, 2010 $199,700

Note: The federal fiscal year (FY) is October 1 - September 30.


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