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What is an LRP renewal application?

Participants in the NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs) who are initially awarded contracts for two years and want to extend their contracts may apply for a competitive renewal. Renewals may be for a period of one or two years.

Who can apply for a renewal of the NIH LRP?

Any participant whose contract is ending during the next fiscal year is eligible to apply for a renewal. You should apply for an LRP renewal contract if:
  • You received a prior LRP award within the last five years and you are applying under the same LRP program.
  • Your LRP contract was terminated after the first year, but significant progress was made in your research. Please contact the LRP Information Center for more information about this circumstance: (866) 849-4047 or

When should I apply for a renewal?

Apply for an LRP renewal during the application cycle for the fiscal year in which your current contract will end. In other words, apply during the fall application cycle (Generally September 1–November 15) that precedes the end date of your current contract.

How do I submit an application for a renewal contract?

Renewal applications are submitted online at and are subject to the same deadline as new applications.

How is the length of the renewal determined?

While applicants may apply for a one- or two- year renewal, there are several scenarios that impact the length of the extension that is funded. If an applicant only applies for a one-year renewal and is funded, then the extension will only be for one year.

If an applicant applies for a two-year renewal, the extension period may be one or two years. Each applicant lists an organizational contact (OC) on their application. That official is asked to provide institutional certification and is provided the option of certifying for one or two years. If they provide certification for one year, then NIH can only consider funding the extension for a one-year period. If the OC provides certification for two years, then NIH may choose to fund the applicant either for one or two years. NIH's decision on how long to fund is based on the budget and funding priorities.

Applying for a two-year renewal does not guarantee that funding will be for two years.

Is there a limit to the number of renewals allowed?

No. As long as you continue to meet the eligibility criteria and have eligible debt, you may apply for an LRP renewal.

How are renewal applications evaluated?

Renewal contracts are evaluated based on the same criteria as the initial contract with the addition of evaluating research accomplishments during the previous contract. Progress toward development as an independent investigator is a major factor in renewal of extramural LRP support. Renewal applications are competitively reviewed, and the submission of a renewal application does not assure the award of benefits.

For additional information on applying for renewal.

Date Last Updated: July 23, 2014

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