This represents a 66% increase in the number of awards over FY 2002, the first year NIH implemented the programs. The 1,197 new contracts for FY 2003 totaled $63.3 million. Loan repayment is competitively awarded to health professionals who commit to engage in research careers.
Over half of the awards were to researchers who completed their doctoral degree within the past five years. More than half of the awardees hold M.D. degrees; more than a third, Ph.D. degrees; 8%, M.D./Ph.D. degrees; and 5%, other doctoral degrees.
NIH can repay up to $35,000 annually of their qualified
educational loans, and covers all taxes related to the
payments. The NIH Loan Repayment Programs are a vital
component of our nation's efforts to attract health
professionals to careers in clinical, pediatric, health
disparities, and contraceptive and infertility research.
NIH is now accepting applications on line at
"The staggering educational debt incurred by our nation's brightest researchers, especially physician-scientists, has led many to compromise their dreams and abandon research careers." says Ruth Kirschstein, M.D., Senior Advisor to the Director, NIH. "The LRPs help remove that hurdle," she says.
The five NIH Loan Repayment Programs are the Clinical Research LRP, Clinical Research for Individuals from Disadvantaged Backgrounds LRP, Contraception and Infertility Research LRP, Health Disparities Research LRP, and Pediatric Research LRP.
NIH LRP AWARDS
Clinical Research LRP
FY 2002: 393
FY 2003: 732
Pediatric Research LRP
FY 2002: 168
FY 2003: 298
Health Disparities Research LRP
FY 2002: 112
FY 2003: 121
Clinical Research LRP for Individuals from Disadvantaged
FY 2002: 41
FY 2003: 33
Contraception and Infertility Research LRP
FY 2002: 9
FY 2003: 13
Total FY2003: 723, Total FY2003: 1197
A graphic depicting the rise of NIH Loan Repayment Awards by 66% in FY2003
is available at http://www.