|NIH Postdoc Training Stipends|
February 10, 2014
National Institute of Health (NIH) annouces FY2014 baseline stipend now $42,000 for postdocs on NRSA grants. This results from the NIH Biomedical Workforce Report which the NPA had submitted testimony advocating for an increase in Postdoc stipend (see Past NPA actions below).
January 15, 2014
NIH and NSF funding passed for FY2014: The bipartisan appropriations deal reached by Congress has only partially restored the NIH's funding to pre-sequestration levels, setting aside $29.93 billion for the next year.
The bill, drafted by House Appropriations Chair Hal Rogers (R-Ky) and Senate Appropriations Chair Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), appropriates $29.93 billion for FY2014, $1 billion more than after 2013 sequestration cuts kicked in, but still $714 million less than was enacted prior to sequestration. The funding is below what White House and Senate Democrats had expected (President Obama had suggested $31 billion for NIH in FY2014). The NIH says the funding is $950 million less than its 2012 appropriation.
The much smaller National Science Foundation (NSF) is getting $7.2 billion in FY14, about $82 million less than pre-sequestration levels last year.
April 11, 2013
The President's proposed budget for 2014 includes increased funding (over 2012 levels) for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) and other non-defense research and development. The NIH budget calls for an increase in the entry-level training stipend for the National Research Service Awards to $42,000.
Please contact your Senators and Representatives and encourage them to appropriate funds for the President's budget.
The NIH training stipends support more than 17,000 training positions and are used as a benchmark by research institutions across the country for compensation of postdoctoral scholars. In 2001, the NIH pledged to raise the entry-level postdoctoral stipend for the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA) to $45,000. Due to a lack of funding, the NIH has been delayed in keeping its pledge. In 2008, the NIH announced that it would hold the NRSA fellowship stipend levels for Fiscal Year (FY) 2008 at the FY2007 levels, continuing a stipend freeze from 2006. In 2009 and 2010, the NRSA stipends were increased by 1% each year, and in 2011, by 2 percent (the NPA applauded this increase). The stipends increased another 2% for FY 2012. FY2013 levels remained at FY2012 levels.
The President's Budget for FY 2012 requested a 4-percent increase in the stipends. On December 16 2011, the House passed the omnibus bill HR 2055 that included small funding increases for both the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Energy Office of Science (DOE OS) for FY 2012. The Senate passed this bill on December 17. The bill includes a 0.8% increase, or $240 million, in funding for the NIH over FY 2011. In January 2012, the NIH announced that it will increase training stipends by 2% for FY 2012. Read more here.
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