Loan Repayment

The NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs) are a set of programs established by Congress and are designed to retain highly qualified investigators, especially health professionals, in biomedical or biobehavioral research careers. The LRPs repay up to $50,000 annually of a researcher's qualified educational debt in return for a commitment to engage in NIH mission-relevant research.  NIDCR will consider applications from investigators who are engaged in dental, oral, and craniofacial research and match program areas described in three of the five NIH extramural Loan Repayment Programs: Clinical Research Program, Pediatric Research Program, and Health Disparities Research Program. Awards are based on an applicant's potential to build and sustain a research career.

Details on LRP eligibility, individual program requirements, application instructions, and deadlines can be found on the NIH Loan Repayment Program website.  Also see top 10 Extramural LRPs FAQs. Application Period: Annually from September 1 through November 15, at 8:00 PM EST.

Lynn Mertens King, Ph.D.
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Last Reviewed
September 2019