F99/ K00 NIH Blueprint and BRAIN Initiative D-SPAN Award

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Program Announcement
Due Dates:
April 15, 2024; October 8, 2024; March 20, 2025; October 7, 2025; March 20, 2026; October 6, 2026

The NIH Blueprint and BRAIN Initiative Diversity Specialized Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Advancement in Neuroscience (D-SPAN) Award supports the pre- to post-doctoral transition of diverse graduate students.

List of Funded Awards
Active D-SPAN F99/K00 Awards in RePORTER

Intended PD/PI 
U.S. citizens or permanent residents; research doctoral programs; individuals from diverse backgrounds strongly encouraged

Institution Eligibility
U.S. domestic institutions

Revisions Coming Soon to the NIH Fellowship Application and Review Process
NIH is revising the application and review criteria for fellowship applications, beginning with those submitted January 25, 2025 and beyond.


Additional Information

The purpose of the NIH Blueprint and BRAIN Initiative 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, including those from groups that are 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 DSPANF99K00@nih.gov. 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 (see Notice of NIH’s Interest in Diversity NOT-OD-20-031).



Michelle Jones-London, Ph.D. | Associate Director, Office of Programs to Enhance the Neuroscience Workforce (OPEN)

Lauren Ullrich, Ph.D. | Section Chief, Career Advancement, OPEN



Biographies of D-SPAN Scholars

Resources: Webinars, FAQs, and Tip Sheets

Suggestions for a Good Career Development Plan

Notice of NIH's Interest in Diversity

Diversity Resources

How to Apply