The National Institutes of Health (NIH) released six separate program announcements for the 2022 application cycle of the NIH Loan Repayment Program (LRP). The LRP may repay up to $50,000 of qualified student loan debt per year to outstanding health professionals who commit at least two years to conduct biomedical, behavioral, social, or clinical research, and who agree to engage in such research for an average of at least 20 hours per week based on a 40-hour work week. This includes most undergraduate, graduate, and medical school loans. Loan repayment benefits are in addition to the institutional salary received for research. LRP awards are based on an applicant's potential to build and sustain a research career.
NEW – the application process is different this year! All applications must be submitted through the Application Submission System & Interface for Submission Tracking (ASSIST), and not the LRP website. We will provide more explicit instructions on how to apply through ASSIST as it becomes available. ASSIST will begin accepting applications on September 1st, 2021 through November 18, 2021, 8pm EST.
Potential applicants should carefully read the general eligibility requirements, plus the eligibility requirements and application instructions under each funding announcement. Questions concerning eligibility should be discussed with NIH staff. Find the appropriate contact at the Contact and Engage page.
The six program announcements are:
- NOT-OD-21-139 – LRP for Clinical Researchers (LRP-CR)
- NOT-OD-21-140 – LRP for Pediatric Research (LRP-PR)
- NOT-OD-21-141 – LRP for Health Disparities Research (LRP-HDR)
- NOT-OD-21-142 – Clinical Research LRP for Individuals from Disadvantaged Backgrounds (LRP-IDB)
- NOT-OD-21-143 – LRP for Contraception and Infertility Research (LRP-CIR)
- NOT-OD-21-144 – LRP for Research in Emerging Areas Critical to Human Health (LRP-REACH) - NEW
Please note: Recipients of Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) support from an individual postdoctoral fellowship (F32) or an institutional research training grant (T32) will be eligible for loan repayment during the second year of NRSA support if a formal extension of the NRSA service payback is granted (see NIH Training Payback). Concurrent fulfillment of LRP and NRSA service obligations is prohibited. You must request a deferral of NRSA payback service prior to acceptance into the LRP. A deferral form can be obtained by contacting the LRP Help Line at 866-849-4047. It is important to note, though, that NRSA recipients may continue to receive their stipends from the NRSA.
All general questions should be directed to the LRP Information Center at (866) 849-4047 or [email protected].