How the Continuing Resolution Will Affect Your Grant Application

By Meg Bouvier

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The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), including NIH, is operating under a continuing resolution through  December 16th at the FY2022 enacted level, with no reductions. A Continuing Resolution means that there is not yet a funding bill from Congress and therefore  there is not a firm budget number for FY2023. 

This is the second NOT issued regarding NIH operating under a continuing resolution. The first NOT was issued in December 2021. There is a draft bill from the Appropriations Subcommittee, which includes increases for NIH. However, Congress has not yet approved the entire funding bill yet for DHHS.

In the interim, NIH Institutes and/or Centers may issue (for now) non-competing awards at a level below what is indicated on the most recent Notice of Award. Upward adjustments may be considered once the FY2023 appropriations are enacted. 

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA) stipends will increase by approximately two percent for predocs and two percent for postdocs. Stipend and tuition levels can be found here.

Salary cap limits remain at the level identified in FY2022: $203,700.

Continuing Resolutions also affect funding decisions. For example,  if an application was reviewed at October Council, the funding decision is likely to be delayed. There isn’t much that a  grantee can do but sit tight and await the funding bill, after which the ICs will finalize their FY23 budgets, after which (hopefully) the NOA will be released.

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