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AAMC Supports Retaining NIH Salary Cap at Current Level

October 14, 2011—The AAMC joined more than 100 institutions and organizations in an Oct. 11 letter  supporting retaining the statutory salary cap on National Institutes of Health (NIH) extramural grants at its current Executive Level I. The letter was sent to the chairs and ranking members of the House and Senate Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittees.

The draft House Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations bill released Sept. 29 would reduce the cap on salaries on extramural grants to Executive Level III ($165,300 in 2011) [see Washington Highlights, Sept. 30]. The version of the bill approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee Sept. 21 (S. 1599) retains the cap at its current Executive Level I ($199,700).

The letter states, “The extramural salary cap particularly disadvantages the most productive investigators who likely dedicate the majority of their time in research and who have a sustained track record in breakthrough discoveries and will have a chilling effect on gifted new investigators. Moreover, it disproportionately affects physician investigators and serves as a deterrent to their recruitment into research careers at a time when the United States is committed to improving the health of the nation and remaining globally competitive in research and technology.”


Dave Moore
Senior Director, Government Relations
Telephone: 202-828-0559


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