Up to $50K of qualified educational debt repaid in turn for NIH-mission-relevant research.

RAPid Update from ORSP 

The National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Program*

Application Cycle Open from September 1 to November 17, 2022.

It's that time of year again for the NIH Loan Repayment Program (LRP)The application cycle opens tomorrow from September 1 through November 17.

Important Application Notes 

Amanda Reel
1. Institutional Business Official:   

Amanda Reel, ORSP Project Representativeis the institutional business official who must be listed on the application. Use Amanda Reel’s Commons ID (REELA1), and note that all caps may be required. Contact Amanda with questions at reela@umich.edu.

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

3. Dates and Deadlines.
The application cycle is open from
September 1, 2022, to November 17, 2022.

4. 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.

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.

Open to: All U-M faculty and staff


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

A panel will provide guidance on navigating the program and writing a successful application.

) 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.

5. Eligibility.
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: https://public.era.nih.gov/assist. 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.

*What is the LRP program?

The 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.
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