DHHS Salary Limitation Increase

Dear Colleagues:

The salary limitation on direct salary for individuals under NIH grants, contracts and cooperative agreement awards has increased to thecurrent Executive Level II salary of $199,300 effective January 3, 2021. This change is also applicable to the agencies under the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), including, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

For UCI, this increase becomes effective for pay periods beginning February 1, 2021. Please note that UCOP has submitted a request to the UC Path team to update the DHHS salary cap in UC Path.

For all federals awards subject to this increase, PIs may rebudget to accommodate the current Executive Level II salary level if adequate funds are available. Please note that no additional funds will be awarded by the federal government to cover this increase.

Please see the guide notice link below for additional information. 

Salary Limitation for Grants and Cooperative Agreements FY 2021



Nancy Lewis
Executive Director, Sponsored Projects Administration
Office of Research
University of California, Irvine

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