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NSF Two-Month Rule Policy

As a general policy, NSF limits the salary compensation requested in the proposal budget for senior personnel to no more than two months of their regular salary in any one year. It is the organization’s responsibility to define and consistently apply the term “year”, and to specify this definition in the budget justification. This limit includes salary compensation received from all NSF-funded grants. This effort must be documented in accordance with 2 CFR § 200, Subpart E, including 2 CFR § 200.430(i). If anticipated, any compensation for such personnel in excess of two months must be disclosed in the proposal budget, justified in the budget justification, and must be specifically approved by NSF in the award notice budget.

Under normal budgeting authority, a grantee can internally approve an increase or decrease in person months devoted to the project after an award is made, even if doing so results in salary support for senior personnel exceeding the two-month salary policy. No prior approval from NSF is necessary unless the re-budgeting would case the objectives or scope of the project to change.

University Post-Award Guidance

By this policy, NSF intends to limit the amount of funds institutions request from NSF, and therefore the amount NSF will award. Departments should review the proposal budget, budget justification, and award notice to confirm if compensation in excess of two months was already approved within the NSF award. If not already approved and additional effort in excess of two months is required to successfully address the research aspects of the proposed project, submit a re-budget request for internal approval. NSF prior approval is necessary if the objectives or scope of the project change.

Although the NSF two-month rule identifies the salary limit as applicable to “any one year”, for award expenditures UD has defined the year as September – August. Departments should routinely reconcile budget versus expenses, and conduct an annual fiscal review of salary expenditures for the one year period (September – August). Lack of approval and appropriate justification can lead to removal of the salary in excess of two months.

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NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG)

 

Policy Details:

OWNER: National Science Foundation

RESPONSIBLE OFFICE: Research Office

ORIGINATION DATE: June 6, 2019

Policy Source Open Policy



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