Extramural Loan Repayment Program for Contraception and Infertility Research (LRP-CIR)

Funding Agency:
National Institutes of Health

This Notice replaces NOT-OD-16-140 and provides program specific information for Extramural Loan Repayment Program for Contraception and Infertility Research (LRP-CIR). 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/about_the_programs/index.aspx 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 LRPs. The Extramural LRPs repay up to $35,000 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 LRPs. LRP awards are based on an applicant's potential to build and sustain a research career.

The objective of the LRP-CIR is to recruit and retain highly qualified health and/or allied health professionals into biomedical or biobehavioral research careers as contraception and/or infertility investigators.

NIH defines Infertility Research as research that has long-range objective to evaluate, treat, or ameliorate conditions which result in the failure of couples to either conceive or bear young.  Contraception Research is defined as research that has the ultimate goal to provide new or improved methods of preventing pregnancy.

Application Period: Annually from September 1 through November 15

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Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or permanent resident of the U.S.
  • Applicants for LRP-CIR must be qualified health and/or allied health professionals including, but not limited to, physicians, Ph.D.-level scientists, nurses and physician assistants, as well as graduate students and postgraduate research fellows training in the health professions, who must be (a) engaged in employment/training at an NICHD extramural laboratory, or (b) engaged in qualifying research activities in a qualified institution.
  • Applicants must have total qualifying educational debt equal to or in excess of 20 percent of their institutional base salary at the time of award. Institutional base salary is the annual amount the organization pays for the individual's appointment, whether the time is spent on research, teaching, patient care, or other activities. Institutional base salary excludes any income that an applicant may earn outside of the duties of the organization. This criterion is not applicable to applicants for a renewal award.
  • Applicants must be employed by and conduct qualifying research (as defined above) supported by a domestic nonprofit foundation (e.g., universities), professional association, or other nonprofit institution, or a U.S. government agency (Federal, State, or local). A domestic foundation, professional association, or institution is considered to be nonprofit if exempt from Federal tax under the provisions of Section 501 of the Internal Revenue Code (26 U.S.C. 501). NIH grants and university salaries are considered eligible funding.
  • Part-time federal employees (4/8ths or less) who are (a) not conducting research as a Federal employee, and (b) whose funding source is from a domestic nonprofit source, are eligible to apply for loan repayment if they meet all other eligibility requirements.
  • Applicants must agree to conduct only research that is not prohibited by Federal law, regulations, or policies of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) or NIH. Applicants who receive LRP awards must conduct their research in accordance with applicable Federal, State and local law (e.g., applicable human subject protection regulations) for the entire award period. Additionally, awardees must engage in qualified research for an average of at least 20 hours per week during each quarterly service period of the LRP award.
  • No individual may submit more than one LRP application to the NIH in any fiscal year. Individuals who have applied previously for the LRP, but did not receive an award, are eligible to submit an application for a new award if they meet all of the above eligibility criteria.
  • Recipients of a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) support from an individual postdoctoral fellowship (F32) or an institutional research training grant (T32) are eligible for loan repayment. There is a NRSA service payback period during the second year of NRSA support and concurrent fulfillment of LRP and NRSA service obligations is prohibited. Therefore, NRSA recipients must be granted a formal extension of the NRSA service payback (see http://grants1.nih.gov/training/payback.htm) in order to be eligible for LRP participation during their second year of NRSA support.

Funding Type



Grad/Prof Students
Medical Fellow/Resident


Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

November 15, 2020