grant-writing resources

Are you looking for insight into how to write a successful Implementation Science grant proposal? We’ve curated a selection of resources to help guide your proposal development.

General #ImpSci grant-writing resources

Concocting that Magic Elixir: Successful Grant Application writing in Dissemination and Implementation Research by Ross Brownson, Graham Colditz, Maureen Dobbins, Karen Emmons, Jon Kerner, Margaret Padek, Enola Proctor and Kurt Stange.

This article explores the core competencies of dissemination and implementation (D&I) grant writing. It also includes a compilation of tips for writing a successful D&I proposal. While geared toward the US NIH funding processes, the competencies & tips should prove useful for other funding agencies & mechanisms.

Tips for Getting Funded from the Users’ Guide to Dissemination and Implementation in Health for Researchers and Practitioners

Checklists, tools, self-ratings and guides for successful proposals in dissemination and implementation (D&I) research developed by Enola Proctor, Ross Brownson, Byron Powell, Ana Baumann, Ashley Hamilton and Ryan Santens; and adapted for the internet by Amy Huebschmann, Chase Cameron, Demetria McNeal and Russell Glasgow.

Writing Implementation Research Grant Proposals: Ten Key Ingredients by Enola Proctor, Byron Powell, Ana Bauman, Ashley Hamilton and Ryan Santens

This article summarizes the key ingredients of an implementation research grant application with examples of how preliminary data, background literature and narrative details can strengthen the application.

Know the lingo – explore this online glossary from Make Research Matter. Find definitions of key concepts & terms as used in Dissemination and Implementation research.

NIH proposals

Dissemination and Implementation Research Funded by the US National Institutes of Health, 2005-2012 by Mindy Tinkle, Richard Kimball, Emily Haozous, George Shuster and Robin Meize-Grocheowski.

Dissemination and Implementation Grants Analysis presents results from content analyses conducted by the NCI examining grant applications to the Trans-NIH PARs for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health.

A review of policy dissemination and implementation research funded by the National Institutes of Health, 2007-2014 by Jonathan Purtle, Rachel Peters and Ross C. Brownson.

Implementation science in cancer prevention and control: a decade of grant funding by the National Cancer Institute and future directions by Gila Neta, Michael A. Sanchez, David A. Chambers, Siobhan M. Phillips, Bryan Leyva, Laurie Cynkin, Margaret M. Farrell, Suzanne Heurtin-Roberts and Cynthia Vinson.

Get to know your NIH study section

“The Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health (DIRH) Study Section reviews applications intending to bridge gaps between public health, clinical research, and everyday practice by building a scientific knowledge base about mechanisms whereby health information, interventions, and scientifically based clinical practices are adopted in public health and healthcare service use in a variety of settings. The focus of the studies reviewed is on the transmission and implementation of knowledge from scientific discovery to transform healthcare delivery, improve health outcomes, and manage acute and chronic illness.”

You may also view examples of funded Implementation Science proposals on our sample grants page.