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Grants & You: Spring 2024: News & Updates


NIH-NIDCR St. Louis Forum

Please save the date for the National Institutes of Health-National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIH-NIDCR) Forum to be held in St. Louis on August 20, 2024 (more details on location and times to follow). We anticipate options for in-person and virtual participation. This exciting event will bring together leading researchers, clinicians, and trainees to discuss the latest advancements in oral and craniofacial health research.

The forum will feature a variety of presentations and discussions, including a keynote from Director Rena D’Souza, DDS, MS, PhD, who will offer valuable insights into NIDCR’s support of oral and craniofacial research. The Research Forum will offer a unique opportunity for ATSU researchers to connect with colleagues from different disciplines to explore new avenues for collaboration.

NIH Salary Caps

Guidance on Salary Limitation for Grants and Cooperative Agreements FY 2024

This notice is effective immediately. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has updated the salary limit for individuals funded through its grants and contracts in Fiscal Year 2024 (FY 2024). This change applies to both new and existing awards.

Key points:

  • New Salary Limit: The maximum allowable salary for any individual is now $221,900 annually (or $106.68 per hour for a full-time position). This aligns with the current Executive Level II of the Federal Executive pay scale.
  • Re-budgeting: You can adjust your grant or contract budget to reflect the new salary limit under certain conditions:
    • Existing Awards: You can re-budget all active awards, including those from previous fiscal years, if:
      • You have sufficient remaining funds in your grant or contract.
      • The new salary limit is consistent with the actual base salary of the relevant individual(s).
    • New and Continuation Awards: You can also re-budget for awards issued in FY 2024, even if they were originally restricted to the older limit.
  • Initiating Adjustments: You can initiate re-budgeting yourself or wait for AHRQ staff to contact you. AHRQ may reach out to verify actual salaries and make necessary adjustments before awarding funds.
  • Total Cost Cap: Re-budgeting based on the new salary limit won't increase the total cost cap of your grant or contract. Remember, this only applies to direct salary costs charged to the award, not overall employee compensation.
  • No Additional Funding: AHRQ will not provide additional funds to accommodate the increased salary limit.

Important Notices:

  • Rescinded Notice: An earlier notice (NOT-HS-24-006) regarding salary limits is no longer valid. Refer to the current notice, NOT-HS-24-007, for accurate information.
  • Further Details: For complete details and specific instructions, please refer to the official notice: NOT-HS-24-007.

Additional Notes:

  • This change does not affect the overall scope or objectives of your project as approved by AHRQ.
  • Be sure to carefully review the updated salary limit and re-budgeting options to ensure your project continues smoothly while complying with the new guidelines.

Additionally, The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), including National Institutes of Health (NIH), operates under the Extension of Continuing Appropriations and Other Matters Act, 2024 (Public Law 118-40) signed by President Biden on March 1, 2024. This Act continues government operations through March 22, 2024, at the Fiscal Year 2023 enacted level, with no reduction.


Let’s Leverage All of Us To Learn More About Health and Disease in Diverse Populations

In a new commentary in Nature Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH) leadership invites the research community to take advantage of the extraordinary resources made available by NIH’s All of Us Research Program. 

Like several other population-based programs, All of Us is collecting extensive genomic and health data from large numbers of volunteers. However, the All of Us Research Program has the unique advantage of a highly diverse group of participants, half of whom are of non-European genetic ancestry. The diversity of the All of Us cohort enables discoveries to be made that would not be possible with more narrowly focused datasets. By leveraging All of Us, researchers can advance precision medicine for all populations.

NIH's commentary highlights strategic areas in which the scientific community can partner with All of Us using its cloud-based Researcher Workbench. Also, check out this news release about brand new research results from All of Us, including the identification of more than 275 million genetic variants that have never been reported before. They may inspire you to explore the All of Us data to drive new discoveries of your own.

Jack Morris ( with Research Support here at ATSU is the best resource for faculty interested in participating in All of Us.

NIH Resubmissions

NIH Guidance on Marking Changes in Resubmission Applications

NOT-OD-24-061 informs the applicant community that, effective May 25, 2024, this guidance replaces previous guidance on marking changes in Resubmission applications. Markups such as bracketing, indenting, highlighting, bolding, italicizing, underlining, margin lines, change in typography, font, or font color, or any other type of markup should not be used to identify changes in Resubmission applications.

Changes made to a Resubmission application should only be outlined in the Introduction attachment. The Introduction must include a summary of substantial additions, deletions, and changes to the application. It must also include a response to weaknesses raised in the Summary Statement. Unless otherwise indicated in the Table of Page Limits, the Introduction may not exceed one page.

NIH Spending

FY 2023 By the Numbers: Extramural Grant Investments in Research

NIH shares their annual update on NIH application, award, and success rate data. NIH spent $34.9 billion of its total $47.7 billion appropriation in FY 2023 for competing and noncompeting grant awards. This is a 4.7% increase (or $1.58 billion) in spending over the previous year. NIH supported 58,951 competing and non-competing awards in FY 2023. This was an additional 583 extramural grants compared to 58,368 in FY 2022, a 1.0% increase. NIH issued grants to 2,743 academic universities, hospitals, small businesses, and other organizations throughout the U.S. and internationally. 

The success rate for new research project grants (RPGs) increased 0.6 percentage points from 20.7% in FY 2022 to 21.3% in FY 2023. NIH received 2,688 fewer RPG competing applications and made 259 fewer awards in FY 2023 compared to the previous fiscal year (54,571 applications and 11,311 awards compared to 51,883 applications and 11,052 awards), but awarded a greater percentage of RPGs. The average nominal cost per RPG rose by 2.9% in 2023 to $609,790 from $592,617 in FY 2022. Read the full article for more information.

NIH eRA Commons

New Enhanced Look for eRA Commons Coming Soon

Hey, Commons users! Just a heads up that several Commons modules and screens will be moving to an improved visual appearance being adopted by all eRA modules. New screens will be rolled out during the next few months into spring including the Status screen for principal investigators, Personal Profile and more. See eRA Commons: Improved Visual Appearance for a complete list.

What does that mean for you? The capabilities remain the same. However, there will be changes in the way users navigate to other modules, access action items, and export documents.

To familiarize yourself with the changes, see Basics and Navigation for eRA Modules. Also check out a short video tutorial highlighting the main changes.

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