Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Salary Cap
The new salary cap impacts all HHS agencies, including NIH, CDC, FDA, ACF, CMS, HRSA, AHRQ and SAMHSA. At this point, we have only received guidance from NIH on how to implement the cap. We will provide any additional HHS agency guidance as it is provided. In the meantime, the University is following NIH guidance for all HHS agencies.

NIH Salary Cap Guidance Changes

Updated: January 12th, 2016

The NIH has issued salary cap guidance. Please read the notice carefully. Below is a high-level summary.

  • Competing grant applications and contract proposals that include a categorical breakdown in the budget figures/business proposal should continue to reflect the actual institutional base salary of all individuals for whom reimbursement is requested. In lieu of actual base salary, however, applicants/offerors may elect to provide an explanation indicating that actual institutional base salary exceeds the current salary limitation. When this information is provided, NIH staff will make necessary adjustments to requested salaries prior to award.
  • The salary limitation does NOT apply to payments made to consultants under an NIH grant or contract although, as with all costs, those payments must meet the test of reasonableness and be consistent with institutional policy.
  • The salary limitation provision DOES apply to subawards/subcontracts for substantive work under an NIH grant or contract.

Fed FY 2016

Cap Change Date: January 10th, 2016 - $185,100; October 1st, 2015 - $183,300

Fed FY 2015 | [expand]

Fed FY 2014 | [expand]

Fed FY 2013 | [expand]

Fed FY 2012 | [expand]


Questions? Please contact RSP Pre-Award or your RSP NIH Accountant.