Sponsor Salary Restrictions: NIH, AHRQ and SAMHSA


This document describes salary limitations imposed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ), and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA).


The Consolidated Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year (FY) 2006 (Public Law 109-149) limits the direct salary under a grant or applicable contract to a rate not in excess of Executive Level I of the Federal Executive Pay Scale. This is the seventeenth consecutive year for which there is a legislatively mandated provision for limitation of salary.

Salary Limitations

Salary limitations included in appropriations bills are effective for awards made in the related fiscal years. The Consolidated Appropriations Act 2006 continues to restrict the amount of direct salary of an individual under an NIH grant or cooperative agreement to Executive Level I of the Federal Executive pay scale.

A summary of the NIH Salary Caps is available at: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/policy/salcap_summary.htm.


The salary limitations apply to grant and cooperative agreement awards (hereafter referred to as grants) and extramural research and development contract awards.

Further Information

The NIH Guide provides the following additional information:


Salary Limitation on Grants, Cooperative Agreements, and Contracts (released March 11, 2004, see Archive Ending the Week of March 12, 2004)


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