I'm thinking about applying. What steps should I take?
Know the deadlines and timelines
Review the deadline for the online application, colleague and institutional support documentation, certification and contract documentation, and change requests.
Become familiar with the application review timeline.
Decide which LRP to apply for
Learn about the differences between the Extramural and Intramural LRPs.
Review basic eligibility requirements for all LRPs.
An eRA Commons ID is strongly encouraged for an LRP application. It may take at least four weeks to obtain a Commons ID. For more information on the process of obtaining a Commons ID, applicants should consult with their research institution and review the eRA Commons website
Use LRP website resources
Watch the webinars, read the Tips for Writing a Competitive LRP Application, connect with the LRPs on social media, and contact the LRP Information Center for additional assistance.
What do I need to know to prepare my application?
Review the Apply and Renew
section of the website carefully
Know what is required to complete a new or renewal before beginning.
Consider the best IC match
It is strongly recommended that applicants contact the LRP IC Liaisons for questions regarding matching research to IC Mission and Priorities. Extramural Clinical, Pediatric, and Health Disparities LRP applicants may indicate a preferred
NIH Institute or Center (IC) for application review.
Contact the LRP Information Center for questions regarding general eligibility and the application process.
Applicants are encouraged to collect loan documentation as soon as the application is submitted. Collecting loan documentation is a lengthy process.
Estimate quarterly LRP repayment
Use the repayment calculator to estimate the amount of an LRP award.
I have submitted my application. What happens next?
Use the Application Status Tab of the Online Application System (OAS) to track the status of all application components. Make sure to save a copy of the application
Applications are assigned to an IC for review. IC change requests for the Extramural Clinical, Pediatric, and Health Disparities Research LRPs by January 31 to be considered.
NIH Institutes and Center conduct LRP peer review.
Select applicants will be emailed on a rolling basis to request submission of loan documentation. Loan balance and eligibility must be established to be considered for repayment.
Institutes make funding decisions into September. All applicants are notified by email. If an application is not funded, information will be made available in the email to obtain feedback.
Awardees are required to comply with the terms and conditions of the LRP contract.