As used in this part:
Act means the Public Health Service Act, as amended (42 U.S.C. 201
et seq. ).
Allied health professional means:
A physician assistant; or
A research assistant with at least a bachelor's degree and applicable career goals.
Applicant means an individual who applies to, and meets the eligibility criteria for the CIR-LRP.
Commercial loans means loans made by banks, credit unions, savings and loan associations, not-for-profit organizations, insurance companies, schools, and other financial or credit institutions which are subject to examination and supervision in their capacity as lending institutions by an agency of the United States or of the State in which the lender has its principal place of business.
Contraception and Infertility Research Loan Repayment Program (CIR-LRP or Program) means the NICHD Contraception and Infertility Research Loan Repayment Program authorized by section 487B of the Act.
Contraception and Infertility Research Loan Repayment Program (CIR-LRP or Program) contract refers to the agreement, which is signed by an applicant and the Secretary, wherein the applicant agrees to participate in research on infertility or contraceptive development and the Secretary agrees to repay qualified educational loans for a prescribed period as specified in this part.
Contraception and Infertility Research Loan Repayment Program (CIR-LRP or Program) Panel means a board assembled to review, rank, and approve or disapprove CIR-LRP applications. The Panel is composed of the Deputy Director, NICHD, representatives of NICHD's Office of Administrative Management, respective Program Officers of the Center for Population Research, and other special consultants as required.
Contraceptive development means research whose ultimate goal is to provide new or improved means of preventing pregnancy.
Educational expenses means the cost of the health professional's education, including the tuition expenses and other educational expenses such as fees, books, supplies, educational equipment and materials, and laboratory expenses.
Government loans means loans made by Federal, State, county, or city agencies which are authorized by law to make such loans.
Health professional means an individual who is a physician, Ph.D-level scientist, nurse, or a graduate student or postgraduate research fellow working toward a degree that will enable them to practice in one of those professions.
Infertility research means research whose long-range objective is to evaluate, treat or ameliorate conditions which result in the failure of couples to either conceive or bear young.
Living expenses means the reasonable cost of room and board, transportation and commuting costs, and other reasonable costs incurred during an individual's attendance at an educational institution.
Eligible NICHD-supported extramural site means a site funded by NICHD that can be identified as one of the following:
A Cooperative Specialized Contraception and Infertility Research Center;
A Cooperative Specialized Research Center in Reproduction Research;
A Women's Reproductive Health Research Career Development Center; and
Reproductive Medicine Unit identified as a clinical site for the National Cooperative Reproductive Medicine Network, or other sites as designated by the Director.
NICHD intramural laboratory means a laboratory that is supported by the NICHD intramural research program.
Panel means the NICHD Contraception and Infertility Research Loan Repayment Program Panel.
Participant means an individual whose application to the CIR-LRP has been approved and whose Program contract has been executed by the Secretary.
Qualified educational loans include Government and commercial educational loans, interest and related expenses for—
Undergraduate, graduate, and health professional school tuition expenses;
Other reasonable educational expenses required by the school(s) attended, including fees, books, supplies, educational equipment and materials, and laboratory expenses; and
Reasonable living expenses, including the cost of room and board, transportation and commuting costs, and other reasonable living expenses incurred.
Reasonable educational and living expenses means those educational and living expenses which are equal to or less than the sum of the school's estimated standard student budget for educational and living expenses for the degree program and for the year(s) during which the participant was enrolled in school. If there is no standard budget available from the school or if the participant requests repayment for educational and living expenses which exceed the standard student budget, reasonableness of educational and living expenses incurred must be substantiated by additional contemporaneous documentation, as determined by the Secretary.
Research on infertility or contraceptive development means activities which qualify for participation in the CIR-LRP as determined by the Program Panel.
School means undergraduate, graduate, and health professions schools which are accredited by a body or bodies recognized for accreditation purposes by the Secretary of Education.
Secretary means the Secretary of Health and Human Services and any other officer or employee of the Department of Health and Human Services to whom the authority involved has been delegated.
Service means the Public Health Service.
State means one of the fifty States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands (the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau).
Withdrawal means an individual's cessation of participation in the Program pursuant to a request by that participant that is implemented by the Secretary prior to the Program making payments on the participant's behalf. A withdrawal is without penalty to the participant and without obligation to the Program.