The Year in Review
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The NIH will repay up to $35,000 per year of outstanding educational debt for the General, AIDS, and Clinical Research for Individuals from Disadvantaged Backgrounds and up to $20,000 per year for the ACGME LRP. In return, participants must sign a contract agreeing to conduct appropriately qualified research activities as NIH employees for a minimum of two years for the AIDS and Clinical Research (Disadvantaged Background) LRPs, or three years for the General or ACGME LRPs.
In Fiscal Year (FY) 2013, 77 individuals applied to the Intramural Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs) in General Research, AIDS Research, Clinical Research for Individuals from Disadvantaged Backgrounds, and General Research for Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Fellows. Of those 77 applications, 6 applicants subsequently terminated their employment with NIH and were withdrawn. Seventy-seven applications were reviewed and 65 applications received awards totaling $3,156,177. The combined (new and renewal applicants) success rate for the Intramural LRPs was 84 percent.
The Intramural General Research LRP received 77 percent of all applications.
New applicants (those not previously funded) constituted 30 percent of all applications while renewal applicants (those previously funded) comprised 70 percent of all applicants. Success rates for new and renewal applicants were 96 and 80 percent, respectively.
The LRPs are open to health professionals with doctoral level, P.A., B.S.N. or A.D.N. degrees and varying levels of experience. Most new FY 2013 awardees are beginning their careers, with 64 percent having received their qualifying degrees within the last five years and 36 percent within the past six to ten years.
Physician doctorates (including dual physician doctorates, for example, MD/PhD degrees) comprised 87 percent of the awards, while those with academic doctoral level degrees received 18 percent of the total awards.
Eighty-two percent of the new awardees had educational debt greater than $50,000, with 41 percent having debt levels greater than $200,000.
Women received 27 (42%) of the 65 intramural LRP awards, Black/African American applicants received 2 (3%) awards, Asians received 8 (15%) awards, and Hispanics received 2 (3%) awards.