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Supporting Scientific Discovery

The NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs) are a set of programs established by Congress and designed to recruit and retain highly qualified health professionals into biomedical or biobehavioral research careers. The escalating costs of advanced education and training in medicine and clinical specialties are forcing some scientists to abandon their research careers for higher-paying private industry or private practice careers.

The LRPs counteract that financial pressure by repaying up to $50,000 annually of a researcher's qualified educational debt in return for a commitment to engage in NIH mission-relevant research. Since tomorrow's medical breakthroughs will be made by investigators starting in their research careers today, the LRPs represent an important investment by NIH in the future of health discovery and the wellbeing of the Nation.

Application Periods and Documentation Deadlines

Extramural New & Renewal Awards
Online Application Period

Sep 1, 2022 - Nov 17, 2022

Supporting Documentation Period

Sep 1, 2022 - Nov 17, 2022

Intramural New & Renewal Awards
Online Application Period

Jan 3, 2023 - Mar 15, 2023

Supporting Documentation Period

Jan 3, 2023 - Mar 15, 2023

Intramural ACGME New Awards
Online Application Period

Jan 3, 2023 - Apr 15, 2023

Supporting Documentation Period

Jan 3, 2023 - Apr 15, 2023

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Ambassador Highlights

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Ramon B., MD

“The LRP program has connected me to a network of phenomenal scientists across the country which has opened up potential collaborations and future grant applications. The ability to pay off student loans more than a decade in advance has really provided tremendous financial flexibility to remain in an academic research faculty position”

Fatima S., MD

“The LRP has dramatically reduced the burden of student loans while allowing me to fulfill my life dream of conducting research as an obesity medicine researcher. I have encouraged many of my mentees and colleagues to apply for the LRP, and the LRP has served as a springboard board outstanding research careers”

Kristen M., DrPH, CPPS

“The award provided me the confidence and clout to move forward with multiple grant applications and a transition to a Senior Research Scientist position with the leading human factors research team in the nation”

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Office of Extramural Research All About Grants Podcast featuring The NIH Loan Repayment Programs
Tune in to a new episode of “All About Grants“, a podcast for investigators, fellows, students, research administrators, and others just curious about grants policy, process, and other topics relevant to NIH’s extramural research program.

NIH LRPs Overview – Dr. Ericka Boone
Dr. Ericka Boone shares her insight on the Division of Loan Repayment. She explores some of the programs of loan repayment that the NIH has to offer.

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