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    This announcement was distributed yesterday by NIH.

    Do not be discouraged by the terms "health professionals" and "clinical research". These are interpreted rather broadly by NIH. If you have a PhD degree and your research is directed towards solving a clinical problem, you may qualify for student loan repayment.


    Ton van den Bogert, Biomch-L co-moderator


    Dear Colleague:

    Starting Thursday, September 1, 2005, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will begin accepting applications for its five Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs).

    The five LRPs offered by the NIH include the Clinical Research LRP, Clinical Research LRP for Individuals from Disadvantaged Backgrounds, Contraception and Infertility Research LRP, Health Disparities LRP, and Pediatric Research LRP.

    Through these programs, the NIH offers to repay up to $35,000 annually of the qualified educational debt of health professionals pursuing careers in biomedical and behavioral research. The programs also provide coverage for Federal and state tax liabilities.

    To qualify, applicants must possess a doctoral-level degree, devote 50% or more of their time (20 hours per week based on a 40-hour work week) to research funded by a domestic non-profit organization or government entity (Federal, state, or local), and have educational loan debt equal to or exceeding 20% of their institutional base salary. Applicants must also be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or U.S. nationals to be eligible.

    Please share this e-mail with the researchers and other individuals in your organization who may benefit from LRP participation.

    All applications for 2006 awards must be submitted online by 8:00 p.m. EST, December 1, 2005.

    For an online application, program information, or other assistance, visit the LRP Web site at, telephone the Helpline at 866-849-4047, or send email inquiries to

    Best regards,

    NIH Office of Loan Repayment