Applying to NIH’s Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs)? Check Out These Important Updates to the LRP Application Process

Applying for an NIH Loan Repayment Program (LRP) Award? There are four important updates that you should know before you submit your application!

  • The LRP 2016 application cycle opens on September 1, 2016 and closes on November 15, 2016.
  • We’ve redesigned our online LRP application. This newly designed application will make applying for an LRP quicker and easier! The application is available in downloadable form beginning September 1, 2016 at!
  • All applicants (new and renewal) are required to have an eRA Commons ID to submit an LRP application. If you don’t have an eRA Commons ID, check with your grants administrator and visit the eRA Commons website.
  • There’s now one application submission deadline. All application components (e.g., the LRP application, colleague and institutional support documentation) are due by November 15, 2016.

The objective of the NIH Loan Repayment Programs is to recruit and retain highly qualified health professionals to careers in biomedical or biobehavioral research. If you are a qualified health professional who agrees to engage in NIH mission-relevant research for at least 20 hours per week at nonprofit or government institution, you may be eligible to apply to the one of the five NIH extramural LRPs. In exchange for your commitment, NIH will repay up to $70,000 of student loan debt per two year contract. Visit the NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs) website to learn more.

Important LRP Application Updates: 1) New era commons ID: all new and renewal applicanrs are required to ave an NIH eRA Commons ID to submit an application. 2) One application submission deadline: same application submission deadline for applicants colleagues and institutional support documentation - Nov 15th. 3) New online application - newly revised online application available beginning september 2016.

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