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Application Cycle Deadlines and Contract Start Date

New and Renewal September 1, 2014 - November 17, 2014
New Contracts Start July 1, 2015
Renewal September 1, 2014 - February 2, 2015
New September 1, 2014 - April 1, 2015
ACGME September 1, 2014 - June 15, 2015

We strongly encourage you to learn about the NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs) related to your respective area(s) of research.  Visit the IC websites, review their missions and research priorities, and contact the LRP liaisons using the
IC Contacts and Research Priorities List.

Freedom To Pursue Your Career In Research

Research scientists develop treatments and discover cures for diseases and disorders that affect us all. More researchers are needed to meet today’s critical health needs. The NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs) encourage promising researchers and scientists to pursue research careers by repaying up to $35,000 of their qualified student loan debt each year, through: 

Extramural LRPs - for researchers and scientists conducting research at universities and other nonprofit organizations 

Intramural LRPs - for NIH employee researchers

Your research goals need to be within the
mission of NIH and scope of the LRPs. You do not need an NIH grant to participate in the NIH Loan Repayment Programs.

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Watch our webinars - Overview of Loan Repayment and Application Tutorial - for insight into the application process and tips for success.

Follow the three Get Started steps on this page to learn about the extramural LRPs, verify your eligibility, and apply to one of the programs.

Application Guide will acquaint you with the content and format of the application so that you can begin preparing to complete it. The Resources section of the website provides additional tools and information.

The LRP application is available and accepted online through this website from September 1 through November 15 each year. 


Our FAQ and NIH Extramural Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs) Notices will answer many of your questions about the programs and application process.

Our LRP Information Center staff is available to answer your questions Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern time. Call 866-849-4047 or e-mail

                                                                        Date Last Updated:  January 6, 2014

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