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September 14, 2023

NIH: Loan Repayment Programs

What is the NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRP)?

NIH will help repay student loan debt to encourage outstanding health professionals in the pursuit of  biomedical or biobehavioral research careers. Loan repayment benefits are in addition to the institutional salary received for research. The LRP online application is open this year from September 1 to November 16.

Six Extramural Loan Repayment Application Sub-Categories

If you are or will be conducting at least two years of qualified research funded by a domestic nonprofit organization institution outside NIH, you may be eligible for one of these extramural LRPs:

  1.  Clinical Research
  2.  Pediatric Research
  3. Health Disparities Research
  4. Contraception and Infertility Research
  5. Clinical Research for Individuals from Disadvantaged Backgrounds
  6. Research on Emerging Areas Critical to Human Health (REACH)


Only ONE LRP application per individual may be submitted to NIH in any fiscal year.

Getting Started & Process Details

You DO NOT need a UW internal eGC1 to participate. If your research funding is administered by another institution (such as Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center) its Office of Research should verify your application.

  • Follow NIH registration and application guidance.
  • The UW Institutional Business Official’s (IBO) Contact Information to use on the application if your research funding is being administered by the UW:
  • The UW IBO receives a notification from NIH LRP.
  • The IBO obtains Institutional Base Salary & verifies requirements below with the department administrator with concurrence from department chair
  • After concurrence on all required items the IBO submits certification of the application to NIH LRP.
  • The IBO notifies Applicant & Department that certification has been submitted to NIH LRP.

Verification requirements needed by the IBO from department with chair concurrence for NIH LRP applications:

  • Applicant and/or their research referenced in application are supported by
    • a domestic non-profit foundation, non-profit professional society, or other non-profit institution
    • a Local, City or State Agency; or
    • a grant from a Federal agency;
  •  Applicant does not receive salary from a for-profit institution, contractor, or any non-U.S. entity
  • Applicant is not a full time federal employee or fellow (including VA);
  • Applicant will engage in qualified health disparities research for a minimum of 20 hours per week;
  • Applicant will be provided the necessary time and resources to engage in the named research project for the specified number of years from the renewal date of their LRP contract; and
  • Named research project complies with applicable Federal, state and local laws (e.g., applicable human subject protection regulations) and is not research for which funding is prohibited by Federal law.

NIH reviews the applications and selects the recipients.
In late spring, NIH will request the IBO to verify salary and employment of the selected applicants.
Review NIH Instructions and Apply


Email: osplrp@uw.edu include “NIH LRP” in the subject line
Phone: 206.543.4043

Search the NIH LRP Ambassador Directory for one of our UW LRP Ambassadors and contact them for more information on their experience.

More information from NIH: