NIH's Loan Repayment Program: Supporting Scientific Discovery

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.  Five program announcements were published on July 15, one for each subcategory of the Extramural LRP.  The submission deadline for FY 2020 LRP applications will be Friday, November 15, 2019.  Links for the program announcements are provided below.

Fundamental to advancing NIAAA’s mission is the cultivation of a talented and diverse research workforce equipped to conduct innovative basic, clinical, and population research and the translation of the knowledge gained from these studies into practice. NIAAA promotes cutting-edge alcohol research training through a combination of individual pre- and postdoctoral fellowships, institutional training grants, and career development awards in subjects spanning the breadth of NIAAA’s research portfolio. Recently, NIAAA broadened its training focus to include polysubstance research, and along with NIDA and NCI supports programs that expose students to cross-cutting areas of alcohol, tobacco, and other substance use research [e.g., see Collaborative Research on Addiction at NIH (CRAN)]. The Institute also is working with the medical education community to improve clinical training in addiction medicine, thereby improving healthcare services for individuals struggling with AUD and other substance use disorders.

NIAAA’s Training Programs are coordinated by a Centers & Training Working Group (C&T) with representation across all Divisions.  The C&T is an advisory body to the Director on the global mission for the Institute's training programs.  In addition to monitoring policies that may impact our training programs, the C&T creates subcommittees to evaluate outcomes of our programs and respond to data requests.

If you have any general questions about NIAAA’s training programs or awards please feel free to get in touch with the NIAAA staff point of contact for our Training and Career Awards.  We are excited about working together toward our goals and activities planned for the future and encourage you to explore our website.  Should you have any questions pertaining to these training webpages, please contact Drs. Ivana Grakalic ( or Mariela Shirley (


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Revised November 2019