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The National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Program

September 1, 2022

NIH LRPThe Loan Repayment Program (LRP) was established by Congress to recruit and retain highly qualified health professionals into biomedical or biobehavioral research careers with a commitment to engage in NIH mission-relevant research.

The LRP counteracts financial pressure by repaying up to $50,000 annually of a researcher's qualified educational debt in return for a commitment to engage in NIH mission-relevant research. Each year, more than 1,600 researchers receive contracts from the NIH LRP. 

The escalating costs of advanced education and training in medicine and clinical specialties force some scientists to abandon their research careers for higher-paying private industry or private practice careers.

Application Cycle Open from September 1 to November 17, 2022

The ORSP Institutional Business Official is Amanda Reel (REELA1), ORSP Project Representative, who must be listed on the application. Note that Amanda Reel’s Commons ID (REELA1) must be used and that all caps may be required. Contact Amanda with questions at

No PAF is required. Individuals apply for the program, so no Proposal Approval Form (PAF) is necessary.

Lunch & Learn offered by 
UMMS Grant Services & Analysis

Webinar: Will NIH Repay Your Student Loans?

Date & Time: September 9, from 12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m.

Description: The event offered a brief overview of NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs). 

NIH eRA Commons ID is required. Applicants (new and renewal) must have an eRA Commons ID to submit an application. (See information below on ASSIST.) In order to obtain a new Commons ID at U-M, you must also have accessed the eResearch Proposal Management (eRPM system). Here is information on how to request a Commons ID if you don't have one.

Eligible individuals must be U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals, or permanent residents.


The LRP Application is now part of ASSIST

The NIH LRP application is now part of the Application Submission System & Interface for Submission Tracking (ASSIST).

ASSIST is used to prepare and submit applications electronically to NIH and other Public Health Service agencies.

To access ASSIST, an eRA commons ID is required. ASSIST can be accessed via this link: Once you have logged in, click Go to Initiate LRP option to start or access your LRP application.

We strongly encourage all applicants to review the application and guide in its entirety prior to starting their applications.