Applying for an NIH Loan Repayment Program (LRP) Award? There are three important updates that you should know before you submit your application!

(1) The LRP 2016 application cycle opens on September 1, 2016 and closes on November 15, 2016, which is the only submission deadline.

(2) The newly designed LRP application is available in downloadable form beginning September 1, 2016 at

(3) All applicants (new and renewal) are required to have an eRA Commons ID to submit an LRP application.

If you are a qualified health professional who agrees to engage in NIH mission-relevant research for at least 20 hours per week at nonprofit or government institution, you may be eligible to apply to the one of the five NIH extramural LRPs.

In exchange for your commitment, NIH will repay up to $70,000 of student loan debt per two year contract. Visit the NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs) website to learn more.