Content provided by the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
93.308 National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) Extramural Loan Repayment Programs
NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Public Health Service Act; Title IV, Subtitle D, Part G, Section 487E, as amended; Public Law 106-554; 42 U.S.C. 288-5.
The purpose of the Extramural Clinical Research Loan Repayment Program for Individuals from Disadvantaged Backgrounds is to encourage the recruitment and retention of qualified health professionals from disadvantaged backgrounds to conduct clinical research. Clinical research consists of patient-oriented clinical research conducted with human subjects, or research on the causes and consequences of disease in human populations involving material of human origin (such as tissue specimens and cognitive phenomena) for which the investigator or colleague directly interacts with human subjects in an outpatient or inpatient setting to clarify a problem in human physiology, pathophysiology or disease, or epidemiologic or behavioral studies, outcomes research or health services research, or developing new technologies, therapeutic interventions, or clinical trials.
TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:
USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:
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 one-year periods 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.
Applicant Eligibility: An eligible applicant must: (1) be a citizen, national, or permanent resident of the United States; (2) have a Ph.D., M.D., D.O., D.D.S., D.M.D., Psy.D., Pharm.D., N.D., Sc.D., or other equivalent doctorate degree; (3) Participants must come from a disadvantaged background; (4) have qualifying outstanding educational loan debt equal to or in excess of a certain percentage of the applicant's annual salary, stipend, and compensation at the time an application is submitted; (5) not be an employee of NIH; (6) have research sponsors or mentors with experience in the area of proposed research and may be enrolled in a training program or appointed under a temporary or permanent employment mechanism for at least two years; (7) have institutional assurance of employment or affiliation with an institution or program for a minimum of two years; (8) agree to conduct qualified clinical research for a minimum of two years; (9) not be under any existing service obligations to Federal, State, or other entities, unless and until the existing service obligation is discharged or deferred during the period of program service; and (10) not have Federal judgment liens against their property arising from a Federal debt from receiving Federal funds until all judgments have been paid in full or otherwise satisfied.
Pre-application Coordination: Not applicable. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Formula and Matching Requirements: This program has no statutory formula or matching requirements.
POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Reports: Participants must be periodically certified to have satisfactorily performed the duties of their positions.
Account Identification: 75-0897-0-1-552.
For fiscal year 2001, the first year in which funding was available,the NCMHD received 24 applications and made 17 awards. It is anticipated that the NCMHD will make 25 awards for fiscal year 2002 and 27 awards for fiscal year 2003.
REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:
Pertinent information is contained in Public Law 106-554; Section 487E of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 288-5).
Regional or Local Office: Not applicable.
EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:
HIV-specific T-helper and CTL responses in viral vertically infected children; Evaluations of immunologic correlates of human papiloma virus infection and disease progression; Treatment in children with congenital heart disease; Oral disease and prevention amongst urban elderly populations; Psoriasis phenotype and atopic dermatitis; Genetic epidemiology and pathophysiological mechanisms of dyspepsia; Antiresorptive therapy for osteopenia associated with chronically immobilized children and adults with neuromuscular disease; Examining for the presence of local hypoxia in chondrosarcoma as a potential mechanism; Cognitive remediation program for childhood cancer survivors.
CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:
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.