Notice of Intent to Reissue the Funding Opportunity Announcement for the NIH Blueprint Diversity Specialized Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Advancement in Neuroscience (D-SPAN) Award (F99/K00)

Notice Number: NOT-NS-17-033

Key Dates
Release Date: July 6, 2017

Estimated Publication Date of Announcement: August 2017
First Estimated Application Due Date: December 2017
Earliest Estimated Award Date: July 2018
Earliest Estimated Start Date: July 2018

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The NINDS, with other NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research Institutes and Centers (ICs), intends to reissue initiative RFA-NS-17-009. The program is designed to facilitate completion of the doctoral dissertation and transition of talented graduate students to strong neuroscience research postdoctoral positions who are from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in neuroscience research.

This Notice is being provided to allow potential applicants sufficient time to develop meaningful mentoring teams and responsive projects. The overall objectives of the program have not changed, however, potential applicants can expect minor changes to improve the clarity of the previous announcement.

The FOA is expected to be published in Summer 2017 with an expected application due date in December 2017.

This FOA will utilize the F99/K00 activity code. Details of the planned FOA are provided below.

Research Initiative Details

The D-SPAN F99/K00 award is intended for diverse individuals who have demonstrated an interest in a neuroscience research career. All research areas within the NIH Blueprint mission-relevant fields and/or BRAIN Initiative research areas are encouraged.

Applicants who will need 1-2 years to complete their Ph.D. dissertation research training (F99 phase) at the time of potential award (July 2018) and intend to apply for and transition to a mentored postdoctoral research training experience (K00 phase) should begin to consider applying for this reissued RFA.



Please direct all inquiries to:

Michelle Jones-London, PhD
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
Telephone: 301-451-7966