Extramural Clinical Research Loan Repayment Program for Individuals from Disadvantaged Backgrounds

Managing AgencyU.S. Department of Health and Human Serviceshttp://www.hhs.gov/ 
Program Description

The ECR-LRP is a congressionally mandated loan repayment program that was established by the Secretary for the Department of Health and Human Services through the Director of NIH. The objective of the ECR-LRP is the recruitment and retention of highly qualified health professionals from disadvantaged backgrounds to clinical research careers. The emphasis on clinical research and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds highlights the need for the involvement of a cadre of competent physician scientists in clinical research. Such a cadre of clinical investigators have the potential of impacting the medical processes within their communities by engaging in as well as promoting the development of clinical research programs that reflect an understanding of the variety of issues and problems associated with health status.

A non-profit institution must support applicant's research, foundation, professional society or U.S. government entity (Federal, state, or local), and applicants must commit 50% or more of their time, or not less than 20 hours per week, to health disparities, or clinical research.

General Program Requirements

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must have student loans greater than or equal to 20% of your institutional base salary and you must have completed doctoral level education.

Loan Terms
Not applicable
Your Next Steps
The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.
Application Process

For more information, see the Program Contact Information below.

Program Contact Information

Information is available at the Division of Loan Repayment website as well as the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities website.