November 2009

NIH Loan Repayment Program

December 1, 2009 Deadline

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) will repay your outstanding student loans through its extramural Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs) if you are or will be conducting nonprofit biomedical or behavioral research and meet eligibility requirements. The application cycle for the extramural LRPs opened September 1 and includes programs for Clinical Research, Pediatric Research, Health Disparities Research, Contraception and Infertility Research, and Clinical Research for Individuals from Disadvantaged Backgrounds. Applications will be accepted online until 8:00 PM on December 1, 2009 at

BENEFITS: New LRP contracts are awarded for a two-year period and repay up to $35,000 of qualified educational debt annually. Tax offsets also are provided as an additional benefit. Participants may apply for competitive renewals which are issued for one or two years. Undergraduate, graduate, medical school, and other health professional school loans qualify for repayment. An NIH grant or other NIH funding is not required to apply for or participate in the LRPs.

ELIGIBILITY: Applicants must possess a doctoral-level degree (except for the Contraception and Infertility Research LRP); be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident; devote 20 hours or more per week to conducting qualified research funded by a university, nonprofit organization, or federal, state, or local government entity; and have qualified educational loan debt equal to or exceeding 20 percent of their institutional base salary.

AWARDS: Each year, some 1,600 research scientists benefit from the more than $70 million NIH invests in their careers through the extramural LRPs. Twenty-six percent of awards are made to individuals within one to five years after receiving their doctoral degree. More than 75 percent of awards go to individuals within 10 years after receiving their doctoral degree. Approximately 40 percent of new applications and 70 percent of renewal applications are funded.

QUESTIONS? Visit the LRP website at for more information and to access the online application. For additional assistance, call or e-mail the DLR Information Center at (866) 849-4047 or

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November 2009 articles:
Seminar Series
NIH Transformative Research Projects Program
Funding for Prostate Cancer Research
Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program (BCRP)
Klarman Family Foundation Grants Program in Eating Disorders Research
Young Investigator Grant for Probiotics Research
The Professor Rahamimoff Travel Grants Program
NIH Loan Repayment Program
NIH Transformative Research Projects Program

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