Contraception and Infertility Research Loan Repayment Program

The CIR-LRP is designed to provide an incentive for health professionals to work in areas of reproductive extramural contraception and/or infertility research, which are defined, respectively, as research that has the ultimate goal to provide new or improved methods of preventing pregnancy and research
that has long-range objective to evaluate, treat, or ameliorate conditions which result in the failure of couples to either conceive or bear young by providing assistance in repaying educational loans for individuals.

The CIR-LRP will pay up to $35,000 of the principal and interest of a participant's educational loans for each year of commitment not to exceed one-half of the remaining loan balance.

In addition to the loan repayments, the CIR-LRP will pay participants 39 percent of the amount paid to lenders as partial payments on the increased income tax liability caused by the Program's loan repayments.

In return for these loan repayments, applicants must agree to commit to a period of obligated service of not less than one year for each year of support awarded conducting research with respect to contraception and/or infertility.

The long- range objective of the CIR-LRP is to stimulate the commitment of researchers to sustaining a career focus on contraception and/or infertility research, as defined above.

Agency - Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: In fiscal year 2016, the actual funding level for the Contraception and Infertility Research LRP was $995,110 with a total of 16 contracts. Fiscal Year 2017: In fiscal year 2017, the projected funding level for the Contraception and Infertility Research LRP is $1,023,550 with a projected total of 16 contracts. Fiscal Year 2018: In fiscal year 2018, the projected funding level for the Contraception and Infertility Research LRP is $767,335 with a projected total of 12 contracts.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The assistance provided by the CIR-LRP is entirely of a financial nature in the form of loan repayments.

The monies provided by this program are restricted to the repayment of pre-existing, qualified loans procured by the participant for educational expenses incurred in the pursuit of undergraduate or graduate degrees.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Applicants must be a U.S.

citizen (or U.S.

national or permanent resident) and a physician, Ph.D.-level scientist, nurse, physician's assistant, graduate student, or postgraduate research fellow training in the health professions.

You must commit to conduct contraception and infertility research for 50% of your time (at least 20 hours weekly based on a 40 hour week) for two years and it must be funded by a domestic nonprofit or U.S.

Government (Federal, state or local) entity.

Also, the research must not be prohibited by Federal law or NIH policy.

Complete eligibility information is available at

Beneficiary Eligibility

Assistance in the form of loan repayments will be made to qualified health professionals (including graduate students) who are participants in the CIR-LRP.


In order to be considered for selection into the CIR-LRP, eligible applicants must complete and submit the electronic application materials located at, which include: (1) a Loan Verification Form for each loan to be considered for repayment; (2) an institutional statement providing assurance that the applicant will be engaged in employment/training at a qualified domestic nonprofit institution (tax-exempt under 26 USC 501) or U.S federal, state or local government entity, for not less than two years from the anticipated effective date of the NIH Loan Repayment Program Contract between the individual and NICHD (this assurance is conducted electronically); and (3) a signed NIH Loan Repayment Program Contract by which the applicant agrees to serve the obligated minimum period, one year for each year of support awarded, conducting contraception and/or infertility research at a qualified domestic nonprofit institution (tax-exempt under 26 USC 501). Renewal applicants may request one-year awards. For these applicants, a one-year ?institutional statement providing assurance? and ?NIH Loan Repayment Program Contract? is sufficient. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Information regarding the CIR-LRP and the preparation of forms for application to the CIR-LRP can be obtained at and by contacting the LRP Info Center at, (866) 849-4047 (Mon-Fri 9AM - 5PM Eastern Time) and

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. Qualified individuals interested in participating in the CIR-LRP should visit the NIH Loan Repayment Program Website at for all application forms and requirements. The application will be evaluated by a Review Committee, convened for this purpose by the Scientific Review Branch, NICHD, NIH, HHS. In selecting applicants for participation in the CIR-LRP, the panel will consider the review criteria listed under ?Application Review Process? at All selections are subject to final approval by the Director, NICHD. The NICHD will notify the sponsoring grantee institution and the applicant of the outcome of the review.

Award Procedures

Once the applicant is selected to participate in the CIR-LRP, the applicant and the Director, NICHD, as a designee of the Secretary of Health and Human Services, will sign a written binding contract stating the terms and conditions for participating in the CIR- LRP. The effective date of the contract will be the date it is signed by the Director, NICHD, or the date employment/training begins at an NICHD-funded Specialized Contraception or Infertility Research Center, whichever is later.


Sep 01, 2017 to Nov 15, 2017: Dates that the earliest applications will be accepted can be found at Applications can be received at the deadlines established and announced each year at


Public Health Service Act, 42 U.S.C. 288-2, Title IV (National Research Institutes), Part G (Awards and Training), Section 487B (Loan Repayment Program for Research with Respect to Contraception and Infertility), as amended by Public Law 113-235.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately 330 Days. The selection process takes approximately 11 months following the application deadline.


Not Applicable.


A CIR-LRP participant completing the initial 2-year period of obligated service conducting research with respect to contraception and/or infertility has an option to apply annually for a renewal of their contract to extend the obligatory period of service for either one or two years. NOTE: this request will go through the same competitive, peer-reviewed process initial applicants experience.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The CIR-LRP will pay equal quarterly payments to the lenders. Each payment will be made shortly after the end of each full quarter of satisfactory service. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: quarterly.

Post Assistance Requirements


No reports are required.


No audits are required for this program.



Financial Information

Account Identification



(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 16 $995,110; FY 17 est $996,000; and FY 18 est $996,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

In fiscal year 2016 the range of financial assistance was between $11,001 and $97,300. The average contract cost was $62,194.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking was approved by NIH on September 19, 2001, and by the Department of Health and Human Services on December 31, 2001.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Steven C. Kaufman, M.D., M.S. 6710B Rockledge Drive, room 2421C, Bethesda, Maryland 20817 Email: Phone: 301-435-6989 Fax: 301-480-3901

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Review criteria for all CIR LRP applications are listed under ?Application Review Process? at In addition, CIR LRP renewal applications are reviewed with respect to the following criteria: (1) Assessment of the renewal applicant?s research accomplishments during the previous LRP award period and (2) Assessment of the renewal applicant?s development as an independent investigator.

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