Proposal Budget Preparation
Refer to current stipend rates posted on the NIH Training Opportunities News Page to determine the dollar amount to list in the predoctoral, postdoctoral and other stipend categories.
T32 Tuition and Fees Category
For each trainee slot awarded the NIH will provide 60% of tuition costs up to a maximum of $16,000. You may request the estimated full costs in your proposal budget, but you'll need to provide a detailed break down of the costs so that the grants management staff can do this calculation when they make an award. For your tuition request, you'll need to estimate the number of resident vs. non-resident trainees, and predissertator vs. dissertator trainees you expect to appoint, keeping in mind that few graduate students are considered residents for tuition purposes (and tuition remission does not apply to students appointed as trainees). As you project escalation for future years, remember that tuition costs have generally increased more rapidly than other categories of costs. See the following sample attachment page for Tuition, Fees and Insurance Category.
|Projected Tuition, Fees and Insurance Costs|
| Each Semester||$3,697.73||$11,905.57|
| Each Semester (including summer)||$873.98||$1,389.98|
Based on our current student population, we anticipate the following breakdown of trainees and tuition costs allowed by the NIH formula:
2 resident predissertators
Note, a common error is to underestimate tuition costs based on either the mix of students, anticipated tuition rates or calculation erros. Because there is already a shortfall in this category, we encourage you to carefully consider your projected tuition costs at the time of proposal.
Refer to your awarding component for policies on funds provided in this category. In most cases, there will be a predetermined amount per trainee that may be requested.
Training Related Expenses
This category provides funds to help defray the costs of associated expenses including staff salaries, equipment and supplies and health insurance. See the current NIH Notice regarding stipends and other budget information for the current fiscal year posted on the NIH Training Opportunities News Page for amounts to include in this category.
Facilities and Administrative costs (also called indirect costs or overhead) should be requested at a rate of 8% of total direct costs less tuition, fees, health insurance and equipment.