NSF Salary/Effort Policy

The NSF has no salary cap, however as outlined in NSF's Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide limits faculty to two month of salary per year from all NSF sources unless specifically budgeted and approved by the NSF.

NOTE: this means that if a PI has three active NSF awards, the total number of months for which support may be received may not exceed a total of two months from all three awards, not two months from each of the three awards. Any deviation from this practice must be disclosed in the proposal budget, justified in the budget justification and must be specifically approved by NSF in the award notice.