The 2011 application cycle has begun for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs). The five extramural LRPs are clinical research, pediatric research, health disparities research, contraception and infertility research, and clinical research for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. For nearly 10 years the LRPs have supported early stage investigators by repaying up to $35,000 of educational debt annually for investigators who commit to at least two years of research funded by a domestic nonprofit, university or government entity. More than 3,200 applications were received during the 2010 application cycle, and nearly 1,600 scientists received loan repayment contracts. The current application cycle will conclude Nov. 15, 2010, at 8 p.m. EST. For more information on the loan repayment programs, including applications, eligibility information, application tips, success stories, a payment estimator, and contact information for NIH institute and center liaisons who can discuss research priorities, visit