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Research Supervisors / Mentors

Research Supervisor

Description

A research supervisor is in a position of authority with the ability to verify that an LRP awardee is conducting research as described in the awardee’s research plan at the required level of effort.

Responsibilities

A research supervisor will be asked to verify an awardee’s research service at the end of each quarter (13 weeks) throughout the length of an awardee’s LRP contract. At the end of each quarter, the research supervisor will receive an email from DLR with instructions regarding how to log into the Research Supervisor's Portal to complete the service verification process. The service verification serves to certify that:

  • An awardee is still employed to conduct research at the institution for an average of at least 20 hours per week each quarter (13 weeks);
  • An awardee’s research has not changed significantly; and
  • An awardee is not expected to leave the research institution before the end of the next quarter.

 

Mentors

Description

A mentor is an accomplished and trusted advisor who teaches or gives help and advice to a less experienced researcher.

Responsibilities

A mentor will be asked to provide the following items in support of an application by the published deadline:

New Award Applicants

  • Recommendation letter (additional information can be found on the Referees/Recommenders page);
  • Concurrence of the applicant’s research activities statement;
  • Concurrence of the applicant’s research environment;
  • Concurrence of the applicant’s research training and mentoring plan;
  • Mentor’s NIH Biosketch; and
  • NIH Biosketch of a colleague contributing to the applicant’s research career (optional).

Renewal Award Applicants

  • Description of the applicant’s progress toward becoming an independent researcher;
  • Concurrence of the applicant’s research accomplishments; 
  • Recommendation letter (additional information can be found on the Referees/Recommenders page);
  • Concurrence of the applicant’s research activities statement;
  • Concurrence of the applicant’s research environment;
  • Concurrence of the applicant’s research training and mentoring plan;
  • Mentor’s NIH Biosketch; and
  • NIH Biosketch of a colleague contributing to the applicant’s research career (optional).

Registration

Mentors will receive a DLR email containing instructions regarding how to access colleague support forms.  To access these forms, mentors must log into the LRP application system using their eRA Commons ID.  Mentors should contact the eRA Helpdesk at (866) 504-9552 for assistance if they do not have an eRA Commons ID.  Mentors should contact the LRP Information Center at (866) 849-4047 if they need assistance with the LRP online application system.

About the NIH Loan Repayment Programs

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 $35,000 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.

Eligibility requirements for applicants include:

  • U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident;
  • Doctoral-level degree (except the Contraception and Infertility Research LRP);
  • Domestic, non-profit research funding (Extramural) or NIH employment (Intramural); and
  • Qualified research for an average of at least 20 hours per week during each quarterly (13 weeks) service period of the award.
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