NIH Loan Repayment Programs An Overview. Washington, DC – June 2012. Name: Milton J. Hernández , Ph.D. Title: Director, NIH Division of Loan Repayment Office: Office of Extramural Programs. NIH Loan Repayment Programs. Summary
Washington, DC – June 2012
Name: Milton J. Hernández, Ph.D.
Title: Director, NIH Division of Loan RepaymentOffice: Office of Extramural Programs
NIH will repay:
NIH will not repay:
EXCEPTION: PLUS loans disbursed to graduate and professional students on or after July 1, 2006, qualify for LRP repayment
Individuals are not eligible for the NIH LRPs if they:
Patient-oriented clinical research conducted with human subjects, or research on the causes and consequences ofdisease in human populations involving material of human origin (such as tissue specimens and cognitive phenomena) for which an investigator or colleague directly interacts with human subjectsin an outpatient or inpatient setting to clarify a problem in human physiology, pathophysiology or disease, or epidemiologic or behavioral studies, outcomes research or health services research, or developing new technologies, therapeutic interventions, or clinical trials.
Clinical Research for Individuals from Disadvantaged Backgrounds
See above definition for Clinical Research. A researcher from a family with an annual income below an established level is considered to be from a “disadvantaged background.” Current financial need alone is not sufficient to qualify for this program.Qualifying Research (1 of 3)
Research that is directly related to diseases, disorders, and other conditions in children, including pediatric pharmacology.
Contraception and Infertility Research
Research whose long-range objective is to evaluate, treat or ameliorate conditions which result in the failure of couples to either conceive or bear young; contraception development is defined as research whose ultimate goal is to provide new or improved methods of preventing pregnancy.Qualifying Research (2 of 3)
Basic, clinical, and behavioral research on health conditions including diseases, disorders, and such other conditions, including the causes of such disparities and methods to prevent, diagnose, and treat the diseases associated with health disparities, that are unique to, more serious, or more prevalent in health disparities populations (either individual members or communities of such populations).
A "health disparities population" is defined as a population for which, as determined by the NIMHD Director in consultation with the Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, there is a significant disparity in the overall rate of disease incidence, prevalence, morbidity, mortality, or survival rates in the population as compared to the health status of the general population.Qualifying Research (3 of 3)
Panels evaluate each applicant’s potential to succeed in a research career by rating:
Applicant’s previous training and research experience
Applicant’s commitment to a research career
Current research environment
Research progress—for Renewal applications onlyPeer Review Criteria
This includes contact and educational background about the applicant, funding sources information, a personal statement about career goals, certifications (required signatures), and verification of citizenship status.
This step includes identification of your research supervisor, if applicable, and a description of your proposed research, your list of colleagues who will recommend you, and the institutional official who can provide salary information and confirm your institutional support. As each form is submitted, NIH sends e-mail requests to either your research supervisor, recommender, or institutional contacts and they are asked to respond online.
This section is only for new applicants. You will need to provide lender and servicer name and address, loan number, disbursement date, total loan, current balance, monthly payment, interest rate and type and status (in repayment/deferment/forbearance).The Application
Know the funding priorities of your NIH Institute or Center.
Effectively demonstrate your qualifications and commitment to research.
Describe resources and support thoroughly.
Write a strong research plan.
Provide strong letters of recommendation.
To download this complete document, visit http://www.lrp.nih.gov/pdf/0310_1_application_tips.pdfTips for Writing a Competitive LRP Application
The following conditions often weaken an applicant’s competitiveness.
Weak or lukewarm recommendation letters
Questionable research commitment
Mediocre research plan
Inadequate research environment
Slim publication recordCommon Mistakes to Avoid