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NIH Loan Repayment Program

The NIH invites qualified health professionals who contractually agree to engage in NIH mission-relevant research for at least two years, and who agree to engage in such research for at least 50 percent of their work schedule (not less than 20 hours per week based on a 40-hour work week), to apply for participation in the extramural Loan Repayment Program (LRP).

Each of the five extramural LRPs provide for the repayment of educational loan debt of up to $35,000 annually for qualified health professionals performing research within the mission of NIH at domestic, non-profit, or government entities. The five extramural LRPs have specific eligibility requirements and funding set-asides .

LRP applications will be accepted annually from September 1 through November 15, 8:00 PM EST. Applications must be submitted electronically using the NIH Loan Repayment Program Web site.

Where to Obtain Additional Information

Please see the LRP Web site, send an e-mail, or call the Division of Loan Repayment Information Center toll free at (866) 849-4047. Applicants are strongly encouraged to pay attention to Institute or Center (IC) specific funding priorities, and also to discuss their career interests with an IC scientific liaison (contact), using this link: LRP Contacts Web site. As an applicant, you may request assignment and review by a particular IC if you are applying for the Clinical Research or Pediatric Research LRP. The request is made in a cover letter stating the preference and rationale and becomes part of the application. While NIH will consider the applicant’s request, it reserves the right to assign the application to an appropriate IC. The Contraception and Infertility LRPs are assigned exclusively to the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), and LRPs for Health Disparities and Clinical Research for Individuals from Disadvantaged Backgrounds are exclusively assigned to the National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD).

The National Institutes of Health (NIH)—The Nation’s Medical Research Agency—includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It is the primary federal agency for conducting and supporting basic, clinical and translational medical research, and it investigates the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and its programs, visit the NIH Web site.