The purpose of the NIH Blueprint Diversity Specialized Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Advancement in Neuroscience (D-SPAN) Award is to support a defined pathway across career stages for outstanding graduate students who are from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in neuroscience research. This two-phase award will facilitate completion of the doctoral dissertation and transition of talented graduate students to strong neuroscience research postdoctoral positions, and will provide career development opportunities relevant to their long-term career goal of becoming independent neuroscience researchers. For the F99/K00 award, individuals may receive up to 6 years combined support for both phases, which includes up to 2 years in the F99 fellowship phase and up to 4 years in the K00 career development phase.
Applicants are encouraged, but not required, to submit a Letter of Intent to Dr. Michelle Jones-London. See Program Announcement for details. The due date for the Letter of Intent is 30 days prior to the application due date.
Applicants for diversity-related fellowship programs will be expected to attach a Description of Candidate’s Contribution to Program Goals, explaining how the candidate’s participation would further the goals of the program to promote diversity in health-related research (see Notice of NIH’s Interest in Diversity (NOT-OD-20-031).
Program Announcement: RFA-NS-19-011
Receipt Dates for Applications: December 13, 2018; April 15, 2019; December 13, 2019; April 15, 2020; December 15, 2020; April 15, 2021
Putting Together Your Strongest F99/K00 Application
NIH Blueprint D-SPAN F99/K00 Webinar held on Monday, February 24, 2020 from 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm EST
Learn about the NIH Blueprint D-SPAN F99/K00 transition award from successful applicants to these mechanisms. This webinar will take your through the process of putting together an application for the NIH Blueprint D-SPAN F99/K00 all the way from writing your application to anticipating and responding to reviewers comments. Hear from four D-SPAN awardees on how they crafted their applications; worked with their mentors; framed their research project; and wrote their career plan. This webinar is intended for potential applicants and mentors to the D-SPAN award. View webinar slides (pdf, 1.97 mb)
An Informational Webinar on the NIH Blueprint Diversity Specialized Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Advancement in Neuroscience (D-SPAN) Award (F99/K00) was held on January 18, 2017, 1-3 p.m. EST.
This webinar will take you through the process of putting together an application for the NIH Blueprint Diversity Specialized Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Advancement in Neuroscience (D-SPAN) Award. The webinar goes through each part of the application, including eligibility, specific aims and research strategy, sponsor and co-sponsor information, letters of reference and support, and the certification letter. The second half of the webinar is a question and answer session for attendees. This webinar was held on Wednesday, January 18, 2017.