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Grants and Funding: Extramural Programs (EP)

Caregiver Leave for Trainees Policy

Overview

In 2007, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) implemented policy to provide additional support for grantees with child/dependent care needs. For more information about NIH policies relating to Parental Leave and Child care, please see Policies Related to Parental Leave and Child Care. (http://grants.nih.gov/training/faq_childcare.htm)

Extended Unpaid Leave for Birth or Adoption of a Child

The NLM Training Program Director may approve extended leave up to 60 days for maternity/parental care leave, in accordance with the grantee institution’s leave policy. This assumes that the grantee institution’s leave policy provides at least 60 days of leave coverage to others in comparable positions, regardless of the funding source.

Extended Paid Leave for Caregivers

When a caregiver who has taken leave to care for a child or sick family member has exhausted available sick leave and paid leave, the NLM Training Program Director can permit an additional extension of leave with half-pay for 30 days, in accordance with the grantee institution’s leave policy. The grantee institution’s leave policy must provide such leave coverage to others in comparable positions, regardless of the funding source.

General Notes Regarding Parental Leave Policy

  • Policies apply to both women and men as well as to married and single care-givers.
  • Children up to 12 years of age are considered to confer eligibility for these benefits subject to laws of the state governing the minimum age at which children may be left unsupervised.
  • Requests to use the extended care-giving benefit for care of sick relatives outside the immediate family may be considered by the NLM Training Program Director on an individual basis.
  • Pre-doctoral and post-doctoral NLM trainees are eligible.