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Revised Salary Support Policy for NINDS K02 Awards


Effective immediately, NINDS has significantly changed one of its policies regarding the K02 award.

Previously, applicants were allowed to obtain salary support from the R01 or other research grant that they held simultaneously with the K02 in years 4 and 5.  Per NIH policy, applicants supported by a K02 will no longer be allowed to draw salary simultaneously from other federal grants. Consequently, in order to award applicants a salary commensurate with their effort after successful competition for a research award, applicants will be allowed to obtain up to 80% of real base salary from the K02 award for a commitment of up to 80% effort in research.

Previously, the following support was available from the K02 award:

Years 1 – 3:

  1. Up to $95,000 salary, plus appropriate fringe
  2. $50,000 research costs
  3. 8% indirect costs

Years 4 – 5 (only if the applicant obtained an R01 or equivalent grant)

  1. Up to $95,000 salary, plus appropriate fringe
  2. 8% indirect costs

If an R01 or equivalent is obtained before year 3, the $50,000 research cost allowance is terminated starting with the following year of support.


New Policy for support available from the K02 award:

Years 1 – 3:

Identical as described above.

Years 4 – 5 (if the applicant obtains an R01 or equivalent grant)

  1. Up to 80% of base salary, commensurate with effort, plus fringe
  2. 8% indirect costs

No salary can be drawn from any other federal grants while the K02 award is active.

In the event that K02 recipients obtain R01 support before the end of their third year on the K02, the change in salary support from the K02 will take effect when the R01 is activated.

Important: A change in salary support cannot be made unless the K02 anniversary date occurs within the federal fiscal year of R01 activation. If the R01 is activated in the federal fiscal year following that of the most recent K02 anniversary date, the change in salary support will be made on the subsequent K02 anniversary date.

Three examples:

  1. The anniversary date of the K02 coincides with the activation date of the R01. The change in K02 salary structure will be effective on that anniversary date.
  2. The anniversary date of the K02 award is January, 2008. An R01 is awarded in July, 2008. In this case, the R01 was activated in the same fiscal year as the K02 anniversary date. The change in salary structure on the K02 will become effective when the R01 is activated.
  3. The anniversary date of the K02 award is June, 2008. An R01 is awarded in November, 2008. In this case, the R01 was activated in fiscal year 2009, so the change in K02 salary structure will not take place until June, 2009.

Last updated November 25, 2008