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Extramural Loan Repayment for Individuals from Disadvantaged Backgrounds Conducting Clinical Research - #93.308

To provide repayment of existing educational loan debt incurred by health professionals from disadvantaged backgrounds engaged in clinical research. Recipients must execute a written contract agreeing to engage in such research for a minimum of two years. The Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, or the Secretary's designee, may grant extension contracts for a one-year or two-year period after the completion of the initial two-year contract, provided that the participant applies for an extension, continues to engage in qualified research, and there is sufficient repayable debt remaining.

An applicant must submit the following documentation electronically: (1) Applicant Information Statement; (2) Biosketch; (3) Personal Statement, which includes a discussion of career goals and academic objectives; (4) Description of Research Activities; (5) Contact Information of Three Recommenders; (6) Contact Information of Institution Official able to serve as the Institutional Contact; (7) On-line Certification; (8) Loan Information; (9) Notice of Grant/Award (or PHS 2271 for T32 recipients), if applying based on NIH support; and (10) Certification of Disadvantaged Background. The Research supervisor or mentor must electronically submit the following: (1) Recommendation; (2) Biosketch; (3) Assessment of the Research Activities Statement submitted by the applicant; (4) Description of the Research Environment; and (5) Training or Mentoring Plan. Recommenders must submit their recommendations electronically. Institutional Contacts must electronically submit a certification that: (1) assures the applicant will be provided the necessary time and resources to engage in the research project for two years from the date a Loan Repayment Program Contract is executed; (2) assures that the applicant is or will be engaged in qualifying research for 50 percent of his/her time, i.e., not less than 20 hours per week; (3) certifies that the funding foundation, professional society, or institution is considered to be non-profit as provided under Section 501 of the Internal Revenue Code (26 U.S.C. 501) or is a U.S. government entity (Federal, state or local); and (4) provides the applicant's institutional base salary. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

The major elements in evaluating applications/proposals include the assessment of the following: (1) personal statement; (2) proposed research project and its scientific merit (priority will be given to biomedical and behavioral researchers); (3) training plan and environment (which includes the research program, the facilities/environment, the mentor/advisor's training, the applicant's training); (4) loan debt ratio and any associated impediments that may affect the applicant's decision to pursue a research career; and (5) references.

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