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Training Grants

Changing a Trainee’s salary could require a Change Job action in Workday.  

Information on how to change a job and step by step instructions are available on the ISC website User Guides section. 

  • Terminate the current position and compensation in Workday.

  • Enter the new position and compensation package. (see User Guides)

  • Workday should update the pay rate type automatically based on the job profile.

  • Assign Organizations.

  • If the budget has expired, please send a Grant Tracker request to keep the budget in status 1 to allow the correction to post.

Things to Keep in Mind

  • If the trainee was paid under Earn Type REG but should be paid under Earn Type TRN, this means that the trainee may have overpaid Social Security, Medicare and Retirement and may be receiving a refund.

  • If the employee was paid under Earn Type TRN and should be paid under Earn Type REG, this means that the employee may owe Social Security and Medicare taxes and if eligible for retirement, may opt to have this deducted as well.

  • If the correction impacts a previous tax year, Payroll may need to issue a W2C (W2 correction).  Contact for W-2C questions.

The ISC HCM Partner can provide assistance with the job change.  Contact or call 206-543-8000.

No. GCA receives a notification from xTrain every time a Termination Notice is routed to the Business Office.

If the final payroll and/or salary transactions have been processed, posted to the budget and it's been over two weeks, please contact GCA via or via Grant Tracker.

Questions about Termination Notices should be directed to GCA via or Grant Tracker.

The most common reasons Term Notices are returned by GCA are:

  • Missing electronic validation ("signature")

    • MUST be validated by both the Principal Investigator (PI) and the Trainee for Training Grants

    • For Fellowships: Fellow and Sponsor (PI) validation required.

      • When such situations occur, and the institution has tried unsuccessfully to include the Sponsor in the termination process, the Business Official may assume responsibility for certification and submit the termination notice to the agency via xTrain.

      • From NIH Commons FAQs: In unusual cases, the Sponsor may not be available to certify the information on the termination notice.

  • Incorrect stipend payment listed

    • Actual pay MUST correspond to trainee's stipend amounts listed on the training grant and the UW's proration calculation (see the Proration Calculator to calculate correct stipend amounts).

    • Supplemental/additional compensation on other budgets is not included in GCA's reconciliation.

    • GCA calculates salary transactions that posted in the financial system to the training grant. These can include salary transfers that are not reflected in the OPUS salary distributions.

GCA calculates salary transactions that posted in the financial system to the training grant. These can include salary transfers which are not reflected in the WORKDAY salary distributions.

Using any salary object codes other than the allowable ones will charge the training grant additional benefits which are NOT allowed to be charged (per NIH restrictions).

Stipends are to be coded either 01-50 for post-doctoral trainees or 01-90/08-02 for pre-doctoral trainees.

Completing the Termination Notice is a condition of accepting the appointment. If the trainee doesn't respond after repeated attempts, contact GCA via or via Grant Tracker.

No. Trainees prepare Termination Notices only when their final year on the award is completed.

NIH prorates by whole months, then days within the month. The UW payroll calculates differently: number of working days in a half-month payroll cycle. When entering the trainee's total stipends use the UW amount.  A Termination Notice Proration Calculator has been developed to assist. Once the prorated amount has been verified, the actual stipend payments in MyFD, and the stipend amount listed on the termination notice must match the calculated proration.

E.g.  trainee was appointed a yearly amount of $22,032 but only trainees from 7/01/13-2/13/14

  • xTrain calculates (22032/12*7)+(22032/12/28*13) on the term notice

  • UW payroll would reflect the final month of payment as 9 of 10 working days multiplied by the half month: (22032/12*7)+(22032/12/2*9/10)

NIH accepts these differences that are within a reasonable amount.

GCA will approve Termination Notices if the difference over the entire training period is less than $20.

01-50, 01-90, and 08-02 are the only allowable objects codes that denote stipends. Using another salary object code can denote an employee/employer relationship, which is counter to the NIH Grants Policy Statement "stipends for trainees are not “salary” and not provided as a condition of employment..."  Other salary object codes also cause unallowable benefits to be charged to the grant AND can cause tax implications for trainees.

A correction to an underpayment of a trainee’s salary will post fringe benefits at whatever the rate is at the time of posting.  Please inform GCA of when you expect the charges to post to help us ensure the financial report submitted to the sponsor is accurate.