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§ 68.1 - What are the scope and purpose of the NIH LRPs?

The regulations of this part apply to the award of educational loan payments authorized by sections 487A, 487B, 487C, 487E, 487F, 1 and 464z-5 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 288-1, 42 U.S.C. 288-2, 42 U.S.C. 288-3, 42 U.S.C. 288-5, 42 U.S.C. 288-5a, 42 U.S.C. 288-6, 42 U.S.C. 285t-2). The purpose of these programs is to address the need for biomedical and behavioral researchers by providing an economic incentive to appropriately qualified health professionals who are engaged in qualifying research supported by domestic nonprofit funding or as employees of the NIH. The NIH Loan Repayment Programs include eight separate programs, three that are Intramural (for NIH researchers) and five that are Extramural (for non-NIH researchers).

1 There are two sections 487F. Section 1002(b) of Public Law 106-310 added section 487F, 42 U.S.C. 288-6, the Pediatric Research Loan Repayment Program. Subsequently, section 205 of Public Law 106-505 also added section 487F, 42 U.S.C. 288-5a, enacting the Loan Repayment Program for Clinical Researchers.

(a) The Intramural LRPs include:

(1) Loan Repayment Program for Research with Respect to Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (or AIDS Research LRP);

(2) Loan Repayment Program for General Research (or General Research LRP), including a program for Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Fellows; and

(3) Loan Repayment Program for Clinical Researchers from Disadvantaged Backgrounds (or Clinical Research LRP for Individuals from Disadvantaged Backgrounds). This program is also included as a separate program under the Extramural LRPs.

(b) The Extramural LRPs include:

(1) Loan Repayment Program for Contraception and Infertility Research (or Contraception and Infertility Research LRP);

(2) Loan Repayment Program for Clinical Researchers from Disadvantaged Backgrounds (or Clinical Research LRP for Individuals from Disadvantaged Backgrounds);

(3) Loan Repayment Program for Clinical Researchers (or Clinical Research LRP);

(4) Loan Repayment Program for Pediatric Research (or Pediatric Research LRP); and

(5) Loan Repayment Program for Health Disparities Research (or Health Disparities Research LRP).