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Extramural Loan Repayment Program for Research in Emerging Areas Critical to Human Health (LRP-REACH)

This Notice provides program-specific information for a new Extramural Loan Repayment Program subcategory called the Extramural Loan Repayment Program for Research in Emerging Areas Critical to Human Health (LRP-REACH). The NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs) are a set of programs established by Congress and designed to recruit and retain highly qualified health professionals into biomedical or biobehavioral research careers. Additional detailed information about each LRP is provided at www.lrp.nih.gov/eligibility-programs and www.lrp.nih.gov/apply.

The NIH invites qualified health professionals who contractually agree to engage in NIH mission-relevant research for an average of at least 20 hours each week for at least two years, initially, to apply for an award in the Extramural LRP. The Extramural LRP repays up to $50,000 annually of a researcher's qualified educational debt in return for a commitment to engage in NIH mission-relevant research at a domestic, nonprofit, or government entity. Research funding from NIH is not required to participate in the Extramural LRP. LRP awards are based on an applicant's potential to build and sustain a research career.

Extramural LRP applications will be accepted from September 1 until November 18, 2021. All LRP applications must be submitted electronically using the Application Submission System & Interface for Submission Tracking (ASSIST), https://public.era.nih.gov/assist/.

NIDDK will accept applications for the REACH LRP that do not meet the research eligibility requirements for the Clinical (L30), Pediatric (L40) or Health Disparities (L60) LRP programs and that are within the missions of NIDDK in the following areas:

  1. Physician-scientists conducting non-clinical research
  2. Clinical and/or biomedical informatics; biostatistics; data science; computer science

Key Dates

7/1/2021

Annually from September 1 through November 18