The NIH is accepting new and renewal applications for its five (5) Loan Repayment Programs (www.lrp.nih.gov). The application cycle is September 1, 2017 – November 15, 2017. In order to submit your application by the deadline, the UNC certification official must certify your information. The National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs) provides support to health professionals pursuing careers in biomedical and behavioral research.

NIH can repay up to $35,000 a year of qualified educational debt via five (5) extramural programs:

     Clinical Research
     Pediatric Research
     Health Disparities Research
     Contraception and Infertility Research
     Clinical Research for Individuals from Disadvantaged Backgrounds

Criteria for the extramural programs:

  • Applicant must commit at least two (2) years to conducting qualified research funded by a domestic nonprofit organization or U.S. federal, state, or local government entity
  • Up to $35,000 of qualified student loan debt (including most undergraduate, graduate, and medical school loans) may be supported annually
  • The loan is in addition to institutional salary received for research
  • Applicants may only submit one (1) LRP application to one (1) program per NIH fiscal year
  • Applicants must devote > 50% effort to research for two (2) years or the term of the contract
  • Applications must be submitted no later than the last day of the submission deadline via the LRP online site by 8:00 PM (Eastern Time Zone)
  • Refer to the NIH Loan Repayment Website (www.lrp.nih.gov) for further guidance

UNC Submission Process:

  • Applicants should complete the LRP application online via the LRP website
  • Applicants should choose Brian Collier as the Institutional Authorized Official using ResAdminOSR@unc.edu as the email address
  • Applicants should complete and obtain department signatures on the UNC Loan Repayment Program Certification form and submit it by email to ResAdminOSR@unc.edu
  • OSR will certify the applicant’s information in the LRP system once the form is received and reviewed

Completing the UNC Loan Repayment Program Certification Form:

  • Current Institutional Base Salary (debt must be > 20% of IBS) is required
  • Department Chair & Business Manager signature is required
  • Department Contact Name and e-mail address are required
  • Form is due to OSR (ResAdminOSR@unc.edu) by November 1, 2017
  • ALL INDIVIDUAL APPLICANTS MUST SUBMIT THIS FORM EVEN IF OTHERS FROM THE SAME DEPARTMENT HAVE ALREADY SUBMITTED THEIR APPLICATION. A FORM MUST BE SUBMITTED TO OSR FOR THE CERTIFICATION PROCESS TO BE COMPLETED.

Please direct all questions to OSR at ResAdminOSR@unc.edu.

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