The Year in Review
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In Fiscal Year (FY) 2013, 2,721 individuals applied to the five Extramural Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs): Clinical Research, Pediatric Research, Health Disparities Research, Clinical Research for Individuals from Disadvantaged Backgrounds, and Contraception and Infertility Research. Of those applicants, 1,328 were awarded contracts totaling $66,747,267. The combined (new and renewal applicants) success rate for the Extramural LRPs was 49 percent.
The Extramural Clinical Research LRP received 55 percent (1,508) of all applications.
New applicants (those not previously funded) constituted 66 percent of all applications while renewal applicants (those previously funded) comprised 34 percent of all applicants. Success rates for new and renewal applicants were 39 and 67 percent, respectively. The LRPs are open to health professionals with doctoral level degrees or advanced certifications and varying levels of experience. Most new FY 2013 awardees are beginning their careers, with 58 percent having received their qualifying degrees within the last 5 years and 93 percent within the past 10 years.
Physician doctorates (including dual physician doctorates and academic doctorates, for example, MD/PhD degrees) comprised 51 percent of the 1,328 awards, while those with academic doctoral level degrees comprised 55 percent of the total awards. Seventy-seven percent of the new awardees had educational debt greater than $50,000, with 13 percent having debt levels greater than $200,000.
Women received 729 of the 1,328 LRP awards. Black/African American applicants received 110 awards. Asians received 137 awards. Hispanicsreceived 89 awards. American Indians/Alaska Natives were recipients of 10 awards.
The Division of Loan Repayment offers multiple resources for assisting applicants. This includes two webinars that have been watched over7,000 times. An Overview of the Loan Repayment Programs summarizes the programs and gives tips for applying, and the Application Tutorialoutlines the four sections of the application and shows applicants how to avoid common pitfalls. The LRP web site
contains links for both webinars.