Loan Repayment Program (LRP)

The National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Program (LRP) provides support to health professionals in order to repay their student loans via five (5) extramural programs:

Clinical Research

Pediatric Research

Health Disparities Research

Contraception and Infertility Research

Clinical Research for Individuals from Disadvantaged Backgrounds

The intent of this program is to inspire health professionals to pursue careers in biomedical, behavioral, social, and clinical research. Criteria of the extramural programs can be found on the NIH Website.

Recipients of a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) support from an individual postdoctoral fellowship (F32) or an institutional research training grant (T32) will be eligible for loan repayment during the second year of NRSA support. Because concurrent fulfillment of LRP and NRSA service obligations is prohibited, NRSA recipients must be granted a formal extension of the NRSA service payback ( order to be eligible for LRP participation during their second year of NRSA support.

An important update for all Duke Faculty and Trainees who wish to take part in the NIH LRPs:

The NIH LRP eligibility criteria specify that any individual receiving compensation or research funding support from a for-profit institution or organization is ineligible to apply for or receive an LRP award.
This means that a Duke faculty member receiving compensation from the Private Diagnostic Clinic (PDC) is ineligible. So, if you receive PDC salary, you may not apply.
Similarly, an employee of a federal government agency other than NIH — e.g., the Durham VA Medical Center — with a work schedule of more than 20 hours per week (5/8ths time or more), is ineligible.
Eligibility may also be affected by participation in a T32 training grant or other funding source (e.g. industry).

If you are currently participating in an LRP, are completing a resubmission, or plan to apply, you should speak with your Grants and Contracts Mgr as soon as possible to clarify your eligibility.

Duke School of Medicine (SOM) Process:
  1. Requests for IBO verification must be received in ORA two weeks prior to the NIH deadline.
  2. Applicant is responsible for application submission via ASSIST
  3. Applicant is to choose Jennifer McCallister (JMCCALLISTER) as Institutional Business Official (IBO) using as the email address.​
  4. NIH LRP will issue an automated email notification for IBO to provide institutional certification. 
  5. ORA will provide the Grant and Contract Mgr at Applicant's primary department appointment with a current year's NIH LRP Certification Form. 
  6. Designated Grant and Contracts contact will complete and submit by e-mail ( the completed Duke SOM Internal NIH LRP Certification Form along with the iForm of the applicant.  Please identify subject line as "Duke SOM Internal NIH LRP Certification Form - (Insert Applicant's Name)"

      Note: Refer to the NIH website here for yearly application and documentation deadlines. 



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