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Loan Repayment Program (LRP)

NIDA participates in the NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs), a key component of our Nation’s efforts to attract health professionals to careers in clinical and pediatric research within the drug abuse and addiction fields.

A productive way to pay off educational debt: In exchange for a 2-year substance abuse research commitment, NIDA will repay half of a program participant’s qualified repayable educational debt (up to $35,000 each year during this 2-year period). Limited assistance to offset repayment-related increases to Federal income tax will also be provided. Participants may apply for additional 1-year contracts to repay remaining debt.

Basic qualifications: An applicant must be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S., have a doctoral-level degree, and have educational debt equal to at least 20 percent of base salary.

Commitment of service: Program participants must conduct clinical or pediatric research in the drug abuse and addiction field for a 2-year period. The research must be funded by a domestic nonprofit or U.S. Government (Federal, State, or local) entity. A minimum of 50 percent of total effort (i.e., at least 20 hours of a 40-hour work week) is required.

Application process: The entire LRP application is on line at www.lrp.nih.gov. Please refer to the Web site for details of each LRP, eligibility requirements, current application deadline, and award schedule. The LRPs are competitive programs, with no guarantee of an award.

Additional information: For information on NIDA funding priorities, contact Dr. Ericka Boone at boonee@nida.nih.gov. For additional LRP assistance, visit www.lrp.nih.gov or call the NIH help line at 1.866.849.4047.

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