Can PIs apply publication costs into their NIH grant?
Posted by Stephen Maher, Last modified by Ashley Curran on 2015-04-16 15:05:53

Yes. The NIH will reimburse publication costs, including author fees, for grants and contracts provided:

  1. Such costs incurred are actual, allowable, and reasonable to advance the objectives of the award.
  2. The costs are charged consistently regardless of the source of support.
  3. All other applicable rules on allowability of costs are met.

Allotment for publication costs go in Section F (Detailed Budget, Other Direct Costs) of the research grant application. If this is a new application, the PI may want to delay publication costs until the later budget periods, once they have obtained data to share (

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