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About DLR

Mission Statement

The mission of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Division of Loan Repayment (DLR) is to enhance the quality and diversity of the scientific community through incentives for biomedical and behavioral researchers and trainees. This is accomplished through the development and management of the congressionally mandated Loan Repayment Programs and the NRSA Payback Service Center.


Vision Statement

The vision of the Division of Loan Repayment is to improve global health by promoting biomedical and behavioral research.


Division of Loan Repayment (DLR)

DLR administers all aspects of the NIH Extramural Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs) and provides support to application and payment activities for the NIH Intramural LRPs. DLR maintains the online application system for the LRPs, screens applications for completeness and eligibility, coordinates payments to lenders on behalf of awardees, and conducts communication and outreach activities to raise awareness about the LRPs.  Additionally, DLR is responsible for the Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Payback Service Center.

Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs)

The main objective of the LRPs is to recruit and retain highly qualified health professionals in research careers. In exchange for a commitment to conduct biomedical or behavioral research, the LRPs will repay up to $35,000 of an LRP awardee's qualified educational debt each year. There are eight NIH LRPs, five for researchers outside the NIH (Extramural) and three for NIH employee researchers (Intramural).

The LRP Information Center staff is available to answer questions regarding eligibility, provide help with the LRP online application system, and provide general information about the LRPs, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern time, excluding Federal holidays.


Phone: (866) 849-4047

National Research Service Awards (NRSA) Payback Service Center

The Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Payback Service Center administers payback requirements for NRSA awards. Legislation requires postdoctoral recipients of NRSA support to pay back the U.S. Government by engaging in health-related biomedical or behavioral research. Postdoctoral trainees and fellows are required to engage in acceptable payback activities within two years of termination of their NRSA awards.

The NRSA Payback Service Center home page is located at


Phone: (866) 298-9371


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