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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, 2024 - Nov 21, 2024

Supporting Documentation Period

Sep 1, 2024 - Nov 21, 2024

Intramural New & Renewal Awards
Online Application Period

Jan 2, 2025 - Mar 17, 2025

Supporting Documentation Period

Jan 2, 2025 - Mar 17, 2025

Intramural ACGME New Awards
Online Application Period

Jan 2, 2025 - Apr 15, 2025

Supporting Documentation Period

Jan 2, 2025 - Apr 15, 2025

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Upcoming Events

July 26, 2024
National Black Postdoctoral Association

August 8, 2024
Health Disparities Research Institute (HDRI)
Natcher Building, Bethesda, MD

August 8-10, 2024
American Psychological Association (APA Convention 2024)
Seattle, WA

August 13, 2024
Duke University

August 14, 2024
Purdue University

August 20, 2024
National Latinx Psychological Association

August 21, 2024
Butler-Williams Scholars Program

August 28, 2024
University of Texas Southwestern

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NIH LRP Overview – Matthew Lockhart
Matthew Lockhart provides a brief overview of the NIH Loan Repayment Program.

Inside Cancer Careers Podcast Episode 3: Starting Your Lab & Repaying Your Loans
In this episode of Inside Cancer Careers, we first hear from Dr. Simon Schwörer, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Chicago in Hematology Oncology, and how he started his own lab. We then hear from Matthew Lockhart, Director of the Division of Loan Repayment at the NIH to discuss the Loan Repayment Program (LRP) along with a couple of LRP Ambassadors.

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