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Clin Transl Sci. 2015 Dec;8(6):710-6. doi: 10.1111/cts.12356. Epub 2015 Nov 18.

Concocting that Magic Elixir: Successful Grant Application Writing in Dissemination and Implementation Research.

Author information

1
Prevention Research Center in St. Louis, Brown School, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
2
Division of Public Health Sciences and Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center, Department of Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
3
School of Nursing, National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
4
Kaiser Foundation Research Institute, Oakland, California, USA.
5
Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
6
George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
7
Department of Family Medicine & Community Health, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

This paper reports core competencies for dissemination and implementation (D&I) grant application writing and provides tips for writing a successful proposal.

METHODS:

Two related phases were used to collect the data: a card sorting process among D&I researchers and an expert review among a smaller set of researchers. Card sorting was completed by 123 respondents. In the second phase, a series of grant application writing tips were developed based on the combined 170 years of grant review experience of the writing team.

RESULTS:

The card sorting resulted in 12 core competencies for D&I grant application writing that covered the main sections in a grant application to the US National Institutes of Health: (a) specific aims that provide clear rationale, objectives, and an overview of the research plan; (b) significance that frames and justifies the importance of a D&I question; (c) innovation that articulates novel products and new knowledge; and (d) approach that uses a relevant D&I model, addresses measurement and the D&I context, and includes an analysis plan well-tied to the aims and measures.

CONCLUSIONS:

Writing a successful D&I grant application is a skill that can be learned with experience and attention to the core competencies articulated in this paper.

KEYWORDS:

dissemination and implementation research; grant review; grant writing; research; translational research

PMID:
26577630
PMCID:
PMC4739635
DOI:
10.1111/cts.12356
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article

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