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Stipend Supplements to Kirschstein-NRSA Training Grants and Fellowship Awards

Modified: December 31, 2016

On behalf of the Office for Sponsored Research

The NIH has announced the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA) Postdoctoral Stipends, Training Related Expenses, Institutional Allowance and Tuition/Fees Effective for Fiscal Year 2017. Please refer to NOT-OD-17-003 for complete information.

NIH has announced their instructions to fund stipend supplements to Kirschstein-NRSA institutional training grant (T-series) and individual fellowship awards (F-series).  Currently active postdoctoral trainees and fellows at levels 0, 1, or 2 as of December 1, 2016 may apply for one-time supplemental funding to support a stipend increase using the Parent Announcement for Administrative Supplements to Existing NIH Grants and Cooperative Agreements (Admin Supplement), PA-16-287.
The full “Adjustment to Stipend Levels…” notice is available here
For Individual NRSA Postdoctoral Fellowships:
Applications may be submitted to cover projected stipend increases for individual NRSA postdoctoral fellows at levels 0, 1, and 2. 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. The subsequent Notice of Award (NOA) for the next budget year will reflect the FY 2017 stipend levels. 
For Institutional Training Grants:
Applications may be submitted based only on the number of appointees at levels 0, 1, and 2. Applicants may not increase the number of appointees under the current award as a result of this supplemental funding notice.  Applications must remain consistent with the current experience level of each postdoctoral appointee, which cannot be adjusted as a result of this notice.
Applicants must be careful to accurately identify the number of postdocs at each level and request an accurate, corresponding supplemental dollar amount.  Applicants should only request funds to cover increases in stipends at these levels from December 1, 2016 up to the end date of the current period of appointment. 
Northwestern’s Institutional Instructions:          
Supplemental requests are encouraged and should be submitted as soon as possible.
For each impacted award, create a Supplemental Request proposal record in InfoEd. This should be routed per the normal process.
Requests may be routed via the standard submission process for NIH proposal submissions using InfoEd System-to-System functionality to submit through grants.gov or via eRA Commons. If submitting via Commons, follow the Special Instructions in PA-16-287 for Streamlined Submission using the eRA Commons: Login to the eRA Commons, identify the parent award, and prepare an administrative supplement request in accordance with the guidelines. Although there are other methods to submit an administrative supplement, using eRA Commons is the most efficient.
As stated in the notice:
In the interest of providing additional funds as quickly as possible, recipients should not propose within the supplemental funding application any change to the grant that would otherwise require prior approval from the awarding Institute/Center.  Once a supplement has been issued, it will not be revised to account for any errors within an application.
“Current NRSA awardees that meet the criteria above wishing to apply for this one-time supplemental funding must submit an application to the awarding IC as soon as possible, and applications will be reviewed as quickly as possible in an effort to issue these awards expeditiously.”
If you have any questions, please contact your OSR Grant Officer.

Training Grant Director