NIH EXTRAMURAL LOAN REPAYMENT PROGRAM REGARDING CLINICAL RESEARCHERS

Release Date:  September 17, 2001

NOTICE:  NOT-OD-01-064

National Institutes of Health

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announces the availability of 
educational loan repayment under the NIH Extramural Loan Repayment Program 
for Clinical Researchers (LRP-CR).  The LRP-CR provides for the repayment of 
the educational loan debt of qualified health professionals who agree to 
conduct clinical research.  The program provides for the repayment of up to 
$35,000 of the principal and interest of the educational loans of extramural 
grantees or awardees for each year of obligated service.  Also, NIH covers 
the Federal taxes on the loan repayments, which are considered taxable income 
to program participants.

The purpose of the Program is the recruitment and retention of highly 
qualified health professionals as clinical investigators.  Through this 
notice, the NIH invites qualified health professionals who contractually 
agree to engage in clinical research as extramural grantees or awardees for 
at least two years, to apply for participation in the NIH Loan Repayment 
Program for Clinical Researchers. 

ELIGIBILITY.  Specific eligibility criteria for the LRP for Clinical 
Researchers include the following:

o Participants must be United States citizens, nationals, or permanent 
residents,
 
o Participants must have a M.D., Ph.D., Pharm.D., D.O., D.D.S., D.M.D., 
D.P.M., D.C., N.D., or equivalent degree,
 
o Participants must be affiliated with the NIH in one of the following ways:
 
a) a recipient of postdoctoral National Research Service Award support on an 
individual postdoctoral fellowship (F32) or an institutional research 
training grant (T32).  NRSA recipients will only be eligible for loan 
repayment during the first and third year of NRSA support.  The second 
year of postdoctoral NRSA involves repayment of a service obligation 
incurred during the first year of NRSA support which eliminates the 
possibility of concurrent participation in the loan repayment program.
 
b) a recipient of support under an individual or institutional research 
career development award including the following mechanisms:
K01, the Mentored Research Scientist Development Award,
K07, the Academic Clinical Scientist Development Award,
K08, the Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award,
K12, Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Program Award,
K22, the Career Transition Award with an extramural phase,
K23, the Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award, or
K25, the Mentored Quantitative Research Career Development Award.
 
c) a first-time recipient of NIH grant support as the principal 
investigator of an:
R01, a research project grant consisting of one research project,
R03, a small research grant,
R21, an exploratory/developmental grant,
U01, a cooperative agreement consisting of one research project.
 
d) a first-time director of subprojects on multicomponent center grants (P 
series grants, program project grants (P01)), or multicomponent 
cooperative agreements (U series).
 
o Participants must have qualifying educational debt in excess of 20 percent 
of their annual income or compensation, as applicable, at their expected date 
of program eligibility.  The expected date of program eligibility is the date 
by which the following conditions will be met:  (a) award date of a 
qualifying grant, and (b) the NIH executes a LRP-CR contract.  Contracts are 
not effective retroactive to the award date of the grant.
 
o Participants must engage in clinical research, as defined by Section 206 of 
Public Law 106-505, the Public Health Improvement Act, which states:  “The 
term clinical research means patient-oriented clinical research conducted 
with human subjects, or research on the causes and consequences of disease in 
human populations involving material of human origin (such as tissue 
specimens and cognitive phenomena) for which an investigator or colleague 
directly interacts with human subjects in an outpatient or inpatient setting 
to clarify a problem in human physiology, pathophysiology or disease, or 
epidemiologic or behavioral studies, outcomes research or health services 
research, or developing new technologies, therapeutic interventions, or 
clinical trials.”
	
o Individuals with existing service obligations to Federal, State, or other 
entities will not be considered for the Program unless and until the existing 
service obligation is discharged or deferred for the length of Program 
participation.  Further, any individual who has a Federal judgment lien 
against his/her property arising from a Federal debt is barred from receiving 
Federal funds, until the judgment is paid in full or satisfied.
 
o Applicants will not be excluded from consideration under the Program on the 
basis of age, race, culture, religion, gender, sexual orientation, 
disability, or other non-merit factors.
 
NIH will evaluate the applicant and awardee pools after the first year of 
operation to assess and measure the extent of recruitment and retention of 
qualified health professionals to clinical research.  At that time, NIH will 
expand the pool of individuals eligible to apply for loan repayment.

INQUIRIES

Information regarding the eligibility requirements and benefits for the 
program may be obtained via the LRP website http://lrp.info.nih.gov.  
Requests for applications may be submitted via the LRP website 
https://lrp.info.nih.gov/NIHLRP/Apply.aspx.

Application forms for this program are not currently available.  Forms are 
being developed and are subject to approval by the Office of Management and 
Budget.  It is anticipated that applications will be available by December 1, 
2001.  A receipt date for applications will be announced in a subsequent 
notice in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts.

G. Stephane Philogene, Ph.D.
Associate Director for Policy
Office of Loan Repayment and Scholarship
OIR/OD/National Institutes of Health
Website:  http://lrp.info.nih.gov
E-mail:  lrp@nih.gov



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