NIH Extramural Loan Repayment Programs

Stanford LRP Submission Process

The NIH Loan Repayment program is available for residents, postdoctoral fellows, medical fellows, basic life science staff/research associates, Instructors, Clinical Instructors, and Assistant Professors (with UTL, UML, NTLR, and CE faculty appointments). 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. The escalating costs of advanced education and training in medicine and clinical specialties are forcing some scientists to abandon their research careers for higher-paying private industry or private practice careers. The LRPs counteract that 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. Note that successful 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.

 Program Overview and Guidelines

 Timeline and Application Process

Extramural LRP applications will be accepted from September 1, 2022 through November 17, 2022

All LRP applications must be submitted electronically using the NIH LRP Website.

Important: the business official is your department's Director of Finance and Administration (DFA). Please be sure to allow sufficient time for your DFA to countersign your application. Please do not submit your LRP proposal through your RPM/RMG or CGO/OSR. Please submit your proposal by working with you DFA or Division Manager. 

 Stanford Grant Writing Academy LRP Seminar

Guide to the NIH Extramural Loan Repayment Program – Info Session & Panel Discussion
Thursday, October 5, 2022; 1-2 PM
Topics to be covered will include applicant eligibility requirements, application details and timeline, as well as resources for preparing your application. Following the seminar, a panel discussion with LRP awardees will provide personal insights and Q&A.
Find Session Information here
Sign-up here



ROLES: Applicants, Referees, and Business Officials

  • All 3 roles (Applicants, Referees, and Business Officials) need NIH eCommons IDs.  
  • How to obtain your NIH eCommons ID: Contact your Research Process Manager (RPM) in the Research Management Group (RMG) to set up an NIH eCommons ID if you don’t already have one. 



  • Review the eligibility section of the LRP website.
  • Identify the LRP program to which you wish to apply.  
  • Go to NIH ASSIST and log in with your Commons ID and password to begin the application process.



  • Go to the Referees/Recommenders page.
  • Continue to the Reference Letter Submission section of the LRP website.
  • You will need to enter the Application Tracking Code (please obtain from the applicant).



  • Your department's Director of Finance and Administration (DFA) or his/her delegate has the authority to sign as the Business Official for the applicants from the department. Find your department’s DFA here
    • Department of Medicine LRP applicants: please use your division manager as your business official. Find your division manager here.