SBIR Accounting Myth #9: “If My Executive Compensation Exceeds the NIH Limit, I Can Record the Difference Under F & A”

No. The direct portion (hourly effective rate based on level of effort) of time can only be billed up to the NIH Executive Compensation Limit. The indirect portion may be up to the amount actually paid (again, level of effort) provided that the compensation is considered reasonable.


This is myth #9 of our SBIR Accounting Myths blog series. George Moker is a CPA and an entrepreneur who brings a real approach to managing the accounting needs of your firm. George created this series of blog posts to his more than 30 years of small business and startup experience in an attempt challenge the myths about an adequate accounting system and its importance within your organization.

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