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Contraception and Infertility Research Loan Repayment Program

$6,136,798

Total Assistance, FY 2008 to Present
Agency: NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH, HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, DEPARTMENT OF
Assistance Type: DIRECT PAYMENTS FOR SPECIFIED USE
Popular Name: (CIR LRP)
CFDA Number
93.209

Objectives: 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 repaying educational loans. The CIR-LRP will pay up to $50,000 ($20,000 for ACGME fellows) of the principal of a participant's educational loans for each year of commitment not to exceed 25% of the remaining loan balance for new awards and 50% for renewals. LRP loan repayments are considered taxable income and can significantly affect an awardee's taxable income. To offset the tax burden resulting from LRP repayments, the LRPs also make a tax payment to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) equal to 39 percent of the annual LRP repayment. In return for these loan repayments, awardees must agree to conduct contraception and/or infertility research for not less than one year for each year of support awarded. 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.

 
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