All About Grants Podcast: NIH Loan Repayment Programs (Part 2) –The Application

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Dr. Roya Kalantari, Program Officer, NHLBI
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Dr. Ericka Boone, Director, NIH Division of Loan Repayment

The NIH Loan Repayment Program (LRP) conversation is back! And, building on Part 1, this time, we are getting into the nitty gritty of the application itself (MP3 / Transcript). Dr. Ericka Boone, Director of the Division of Loan Repayment is joined by Dr. Roya Kalantari, a program officer focused on LRPs at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to discuss what you should do when preparing to apply, the various sections of the application, some tips to consider and mistakes to avoid, as well as thoughts on when seeking a renewal.

“Ingrain those [evaluation criteria] in your brain as you’re writing this application and make sure you’re directly addressing each of those concepts…It is sort of this idea of you holistically as a researcher, it’s not just your project. It’s how is this project going to help you achieve your research goals? What is the appropriateness of your previous training? Does it align with what you’re proposing to do now?” – Roya Kalantari

Please do not forget to check out the LRP page for eligibility and program information, send questions to, and follow them at @NIH_LRP.

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