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Essential First Steps

Registration

Before starting an application, prospective applicants must obtain an eRA Commons account. Please review the Application Periods.

LRP applicants should be aware that their colleague support must be submitted by the deadline as well. Applicants should complete the Colleague Information section of the application at least two weeks before the deadline to give their referees, mentor, and Institutional Business Officer time to submit supporting documents by the deadline.

Renewal Award

Current and former LRP awardees may apply for a competitive renewal award provided that they continue to meet eligibility requirements, with the exception of the debt-to-income ratio.

Renewal award applicants must apply to the same LRP (e.g., Extramural or Intramural) from which they received their current/former LRP award. For example, if a former Intramural LRP awardee would like to apply for an Extramural LRP, they must apply as a new (not renewal) award applicant.

LRP policy allows a thirty-seven month period (starting the day after the last day of the most recent LRP award) for a renewal award application. After thirty-seven months, the DLR views a submission of any application as an application for a new award, regardless of whether an unsuccessful application was submitted during the thirty-seven month period.

Past LRP awardees can apply for, and potentially receive, as many renewal awards as long as they continue to meet the eligibility criteria and have eligible educational debt.

Clinical Research

For investigators conducting patient-oriented clinical research with human subjects or research on disease in human populations involving material of human origin.

Pediatric Research

For investigators conducting research directly related to diseases, disorders and other conditions in children, including pediatric pharmacological research.

Health Disparities Research

For investigators conducting research that focuses on one or more of the minority health disparity populations defined by NIMHD and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Contraception and Infertility Research

For investigators conducting research in conditions that result in the failure of couples to either conceive or bear young, or research on providing new or improved methods of preventing pregnancy.

Clinical Research for Individuals from Disadvantaged Backgrounds

For clinical investigators coming from an environment that inhibited the individual from obtaining the knowledge, skill and ability required to enroll in and graduate from a health professional school, or a family with an annual income below low-income thresholds.

Research in Emerging Areas Critical to Human Health (REACH)

For investigators pursuing major opportunities or gaps in emerging high-priority research areas, as defined by NIH Institutes and Centers.

AIDS Research

For NIH investigators conducting research with respect to acquired immune deficiency syndrome.

Clinical Research for Individuals from Disadvantaged Backgrounds

For NIH clinical investigators coming from an environment that inhibited the individual from obtaining the knowledge, skill and ability required to enroll in and graduate from a health professional school, or a family with an annual income below low-income thresholds.

General Research

For qualified health professionals, particularly physicians, to conduct research at NIH as employees of NIH.

For ACGME Fellows
There is no renewal for ACGME fellows. Renewal applicants must apply to the General Research LRP for a renewal award.