NSTP — Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The NSTP allows eligible ladder-rank and in-residence academic appointees holding at least 50 percent faculty appointments, to voluntarily contribute external funding resources toward their Total UC Salary (TUCS). The TUCS rate consists of the faculty member’s Scale-Based Salary (SBS) (including off-scale) plus a Negotiated Salary Component (NSC) that may not exceed thirty percent (30%) of the SBS. Full-time deans, full-time administrators, Senior Management Group members, and faculty already participating in, or eligible to participate in the Health Sciences Compensation Plan (HSCP) may not participate in the NSTP.

To participate, the faculty member must submit a completed request and continue to meet all other normal University obligations of teaching, research, and service. The request will be reviewed by a Senate Review Committee; the Vice Provost for Academic Personnel (VPAP) has final approval authority.

The following acronyms are used throughout this FAQ:

  • NSTP – Negotiated Salary Trial Program
  • SBS – Scale-based Salary [an individual’s regular scale salary rate, plus any off-scale]. This does NOT include administrative stipends.
  • NSC – Negotiated Salary Component [the salary component beyond the SBS that must be negotiated annually]
  • TUCS – Total UC Salary [this is the salary rate, consisting of the participant’s SBS plus the NSC]
  • CPO – Chief Personnel Officer

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Guidelines for Participants

Compensation, Summer Salary, Administrative Stipends

1. If I participate in the NSTP, will I be able to obtain summer salary?
2. If I participate in the NSTP, will I be eligible to receive an administrative stipend (if applicable)?
3. What happens to a negotiated salary if there is a range adjustment, retroactive merit increase, salary adjustment, or any other change to the faculty member’s scale-based salary during the ensuing academic year?
4. May I take paid leave while on the NSTP, and what effect does it have on my TUCS?
5. What happens if I plan to take unpaid leave during the academic year?
6. May I use start-up or overhead recovery funds to cover contingency fund obligations?
7. What happens if I unexpectedly lose funding during the academic year of a negotiated salary or I become ill and cannot carry out the expected activity? How will unforeseen events be managed?
8. If the Dean establishes a contingency fund and there is a surplus, what happens to the surplus?

Application Procedure

9. How do I participate in the NSTP?
10. What information do I need to include with my Compensation Request?
11. Whom should I consult with in my School about my NSTP request?
12. What are the deadlines for submitting my forms?

Eligibility and Participation

13. Who can participate?
14. May Faculty Members with Part-Time Administrative Appointments Participate?
15. Will faculty who participate in the NSTP be relieved of teaching or service responsibilities?
16. I’d like to reduce the size of my research staff; will this prevent me from participating in the NSTP?
17. I’d like to support fewer graduate students this year. Will this impact my chances for obtaining approval to participate in the NSTP?
18. Does the NSTP comply with OMB Circular A-21, Cost Principles for Educational Institutions, which governs award of federal contracts and grants?


19. How do I determine how much funding I need to participate?
20. What types of external funding resources may I contribute to my SBS through the NSTP?
21. May I utilize multiple fund sources to cover the NSC?
22. May I use Overhead recovery funds to cover the NSC?
23. What if I believe my grant will be approved, but I don’t expect to hear from the grant agency until July 1st?

Proposal Evaluation and Review

24. I have sufficient external funding to participate in the NSTP and can document the same; is that enough?
25. What happens if I request a particular amount, but my fund manager approves/recommends a lower amount?
26. What factors go into making a determination of good standing?
27. Who is responsible for verifying that good standing criteria have been met?
28. Do campus rules regarding conflict of interest and conflict of commitment apply differently to faculty participating in the NSTP?
29. What are the possible reasons for a request to be denied?
30. Will the NSTP affect the SBS (including off-scales) for participating faculty?
31. Will the NSTP affect participation in the UC Retirement Program (UCRP)?

Background, Metrics and Post-Audit Review

32. Is the NSTP in place on all campuses?
33. Why were Irvine, Los Angeles, and San Diego selected for the trial?
34. What is the duration of the trial?
35. How does the NSTP differ from a Health Sciences Compensation Plan (HSCP)?
36. Which UCI Schools/Units will participate?
37. How can I learn more about the NSTP on campus?
38. How will the program be monitored on campus?
39. How will the NSTP be evaluated?

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