Loan Repayment

The NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs) are a set of programs established by Congress and are designed to retain highly qualified investigators, including health professionals, in biomedical or biobehavioral research careers.  The LRP awards 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.  There are eight LRPs, five for researchers not employed by NIH (Extramural) and three for researchers employed by NIH (Intramural). Research funding from NIH is not required to participate in the Extramural LRPs, and Extramural and Intramural LRP awardees may apply for subsequent, competitive renewal awards as long as they meet Program eligibility.  Although organized around broad research areas, the LRPs do not fund research projects.  LRP awards are based on an applicant's potential to build and sustain a research career.  Details on eligibility, individual program requirements, award information, 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
 
NIH LRP (Extramural)
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.
 
For more information, contact: 
Lynn Mertens King, Ph.D.
Chief, Research Training and Career Development Branch
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
(301) 594-5006
lynn.king@nih.gov
 
NIH LRP (Intramural)
Potential Applicants should contact their direct supervisor in order to determine if their position qualifies for the Intramural LRPs. Applicants, in consultation with their supervisor, will determine which Intramural LRP is most appropriately matched to their research
 
For more information, contact:
Dr. Deborah Philp
Director, Office of Education
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
(301) 594-6578
deborah.philp@nih.gov

Last Reviewed
October 2019