NIMHD Loan Repayment Program
The NIMHD was mandated by Congress to develop a distinct loan repayment program to increase the pool of extramural researchers who conduct minority health disparities and other health disparities research. The NIMHD Loan Repayment Program (LRP) offers an educational loan repayment of up to $35,000 per year to qualified health professionals with doctorate degrees (e.g., M.D., Ph.D., Dr.PH.) who are employed in non-federal academic/research settings and are able to conduct two years of minority health disparities or other health disparities research or clinical research. This program offers two distinct extramural loan repayment opportunities:
▪ The NIMHD Extramural Loan Repayment Program for Health Disparities Research supports the recruitment and retention of highly qualified health professionals to research careers that focus on addressing minority health disparities and/or other health disparities; and
▪ The NIMHD Extramural Clinical Research Loan Repayment Program for Clinical Researchers from Disadvantaged Backgrounds supports the recruitment and retention of highly qualified health professionals from disadvantaged backgrounds as research investigators to careers in clinical research.
Since its inception the NIMHD LRP has funded more than 1,700 doctorate level health professionals representing a variety of disciplines such as medicine, epidemiology, psychology, biochemistry, and health policy. These health professionals commit to engage in research at least 50 percent of their time; investigating the understanding of specific diseases, conditions, and health issues applicable to health disparity populations. Approximately 70 percent of the LRP recipients are racial/ethnic minorities or from other health disparity populations.
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