Sponsored Projects Office

The Sponsored Projects Office is responsible for oversight of grants and research contracts - from approving budget proposals before submission to financial reporting.

Our office is located in Room 612 of the Resource Center.




NIH Policy: OMB Uniform Guidance - Dated: Thursday, March 12, 2015

OMB Uniform Guidance Videos and FAQ videos




Ella Lee
Assistant Director of Sponsored Projects Administration
Phone: (504) 568-2042

Nicole Hammill
Assistant Director of Sponsored Projects Administration
Phone: (504) 568-4867

Lynne Tardiff
Manager - Research Administration and Fiscal Analysis
Phone: (504) 599-0841

Manager - Grants Billing & Fiscal Operations
Phone: (504) 568-4979

Arnold Kwanbunbumpen
Senior Staff Accountant
Phone: (504) 568-3092

AnhTri Huynh
Staff Accountant
Phone: (504) 568-3674



Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (FFATA)

FFATA requires that information on federal contracts and awards be made available to the public via an easy to use single, searchable website.  This act was signed into law September 2006; however the requirement for sub recipient information was never fully implemented or enforced.  OMB is now requiring sub recipient reporting for all Federal Funded Prime Awards and Contracts dated on or after October 1, 2010.  All Prime awardees must report first-tier sub-award information for all sub-awards of $25,000 or more.

FFATA Information

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The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017, restricts the amount of direct salary to Executive Level II of the Federal Executive pay scale. The Office of Personnel Management has recently released new salary levels for the Executive Pay Scale. Effective January 7, 2018, the salary limitation for Executive Level II is $189,600.


FY 2018 Awards Issued  

     October 1, 2017 through January 6, 2018 (Executive Level II)
     January 8, 2018 through September 30, 2018 (Executive Level II)



Please contact the Grants Management Specialist that is listed in your notice of award with any questions.

NIH Salary Cap Information



Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Stipends, Tuition/Fees and Other Budgetary Levels Effective for Fiscal Year 2018

Notice Number: NOT-OD-18-175

Key Dates
Release Date:   May 9, 2018

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National Institutes of Health (NIH)
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Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA)


This Notice supersedes NOT-OD-17-084 and NOT-OD-17-003, and establishes stipend levels for fiscal year (FY) 2018 Kirschstein-NRSA awards for undergraduate, predoctoral, and postdoctoral trainees and fellows, as shown in the tables below.  In addition, the Training Related Expenses and the Institutional Allowance for postdoctoral trainees and fellows have been increased.  The Training Related Expenses and Institutional Allowances for predoctoral trainees and fellows and the Tuition and Fees for all educational levels remain unchanged.  This Notice reflects the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 (Public Law 115-141), signed into law on March 23, 2018.

The budgetary categories described in this Notice apply only to Kirschstein-NRSA awards made with FY 2018 funds.  All FY 2018 awards previously issued using NOT-OD-17-084 and NOT-OD-17-003 will be revised to adjust funding to the FY 2018 levels.  Appointments to institutional training grants that have already been awarded in FY 2018 must be amended to reflect the FY 2018 stipend levels once the training grant award has been adjusted by the NIH.  Amended appointments must be submitted through xTrain in the eRA Commons.  Retroactive adjustments or supplementation of stipends or other budgetary categories with Kirschstein-NRSA funds for an award made prior to October 1, 2017 are not permitted.

Effective with all Kirschstein-NRSA awards made on or after October 1, 2017, the following annual stipend levels apply to all individuals receiving support through institutional research training grants or individual fellowships, including the Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) and Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD) programs.

Undergraduates in the MARC and BUILD Programs:  For institutional training grants (T34, TL4), two stipend levels may be used for undergraduate candidates: Freshmen/Sophomores and Juniors/Seniors. 

Career Level

Stipend for FY 2018

Monthly Stipend







Predoctoral Trainees and Fellows:  For institutional training grants (T32, T35, T90, TL1) and individual fellowships (F30, F31), one stipend level is used for all predoctoral candidates, regardless of the level of experience.

Career Level

Years of Experience

Stipend for FY 2018

Monthly Stipend





Postdoctoral Trainees and Fellows:  For institutional training grants, (T32, T90, TL1) and individual fellowships (F32), the stipend level for the entire first year of support is determined by the number of full years of relevant postdoctoral experience when the award is issued. Relevant experience may include research experience (including industrial), teaching assistantship, internship, residency, clinical duties, or other time spent in a health-related field beyond that of the qualifying doctoral degree.  Once the appropriate stipend level has been determined, the trainee or fellow must be paid at that level for the entire grant year.  The stipend for each additional year of Kirschstein-NRSA support is the next level in the stipend structure and does not change mid-year.

Career Level

Years of Experience

Stipend for FY 2018

Monthly Stipend






























7 or More



Senior Fellows (F33 only):  The stipend level must be commensurate with the base salary or remuneration that would have been paid by the institution with which the individual is permanently affiliated when the award is issued, but cannot exceed the current Kirschstein-NRSA stipend limit set by the NIH for those with 7 or more years of experience.  The level of Kirschstein-NRSA support will take into account concurrent salary support provided by the institution and the policy of the sponsoring institution.  NIH support does not provide fringe benefits for senior fellows.


Link to full Notice