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NIH Loan Repayment Program

Extramural Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs) provide for the repayment of educational loan debt up to $50,000 annually for qualified health professionals performing research within the mission of NIH and supported by domestic, nonprofit, or government entities. 

Apply to the NIH institute or center (IC) that most closely aligns with your area of research. ORIP cannot be listed as the primary institution but can be listed as a secondary institution on new applications. The research must be directly related to the ORIP mission. Specifically, proposed research investigations must be applicable to the interests of two or more of the categorical NIH ICs. In addition, projects that predominantly address the research interests of one NIH IC, but that are peripherally related to the research interests of other ICs, will not be considered appropriate. An example of an inappropriate request is one exclusively involving an animal model of cancer or some other specific disease. ORIP will give higher priority to applicants with the D.V.M./V.M.D. or equivalent degree.

LRP applications are accepted annually from September 1 through November 15, 8:00 p.m. EST. Applications must be submitted electronically using the NIH Loan Repayment Program website.