The Four Intramural Loan Repayment Programs
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AIDS Research LRP:
In November 1988, Public Law (P.L.) 100-607 introduced Section 487A of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act (42 USC 288-1), authorizing the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to establish a program of educational loan repayment to attract additional health professionals into Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) research. The mission of the NIH AIDS Research Loan Repayment Program (AIDS-LRP) is to attract highly qualified physicians, nurses, and scientists to HIV/AIDS research by countering the growing economic disincentives to embark on biomedical research careers, using loan repayment as an incentive.
General Research LRP:
In June 1993, P.L. 103-43 authorized Section 487C (42 USC 288-3), which established a program of educational loan repayment to attract highly qualified health professionals, particularly physicians, to conduct research at the NIH. The mission of the General Research Loan Repayment Program is to attract talented researchers to public service as employees of the NIH using loan repayment as an economic incentive. Generally, those at a tenure track or above level are given priority for funding of LRP awards.
General Research LRP for ACGME Fellows:
General Research LRP for ACGME Fellows provides $20,000 per year in loan repayment (plus tax reimbursement) and is currently available to fellows offered employment by the NIH in subspecialty and residency training programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Qualifying fellows must hold a three-year appointment.
Clinical Research LRP for Individuals from Disadvantaged Background:
Clinical research is patient-oriented research that is conducted with human subjects or research on the causes and consequences of disease in human populations involving material of human origin 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; epidemiologic or behavioral studies; outcomes research or health services research; or developing new technologies, therapeutic interventions, or clinical trials. The NIH Clinical Research Loan Repayment Program's mission is to recruit highly qualified health professionals from disadvantaged backgrounds to serve as clinical researchers, using loan repayment as an economic incentive.