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NRSA Stipend Levels and GSRA Max

NRSA Stipend Levels

Ruth L Kirchstein, NIH - By National Institutes of Health - Always There, Public Domain

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced that the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Stipend Levels stipend rates will increase for fiscal year (FY) 2023  awards. The new Level 0 amount is $56,484. 

This Notice establishes stipend levels for FY23 Kirschstein-NRSA awards for undergraduate, predoctoral, and postdoctoral trainees and fellows, as shown in the tables.

xTrain Updates - Trainee Signatures to be Required on Reappointments and Amendments

NIH also announced in NOT-OD-23-094 that trainees will be required to sign reappointments and amendments the same as initial appointments. This requirement is part of the redesign of the xTrain module in eRA Commons, which is anticipated to be released on March 30, 2023.

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Ruth L Kirchstein, NIH - By National Institutes of Health - Always There, Public Domain 

Tracking GSRA/GSI/GSSA Compensation

Diverse GSRA, postdoc researchers on podiums sharing research equipmentThis section provides guidance to the U-M research community on NIH requirements related to compensation levels for Graduate Student Research Assistants (GSRAs) working on NIH research grants.

NIH caps the allowable compensation level for GSRAs so that it does not exceed that of a first-year Post Doc. NIH defines GSRA compensation as salary or wages, fringe benefits, and tuition remission. See NIH's notice on Graduate Student Compensation from Dec 10, 2001 (NOT-OD-02-017).

Maximum Allowable Charges

At U-M, the maximum GSRA compensation rate is determined at the school/college level. In addition to our GSRA Cost Estimates page, you can reference the rates from other schools and colleges here. This is useful to those who reconcile statements and sign off on Final Financial Reports (FFRs).


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