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WashU: Tips for Successful D&I Grant Writing

Writing a successful grant application for Dissemination and Implementation (D&I) research is a skill that can be learned with experience and adherence to some basic principles, according to new findings by the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis.

[Photo: Dr. Ross C. Brownson]

Honing those skills is especially important as funding from the National Institutes of Health, the primary source of D&I grants, has flattened, the authors note. A relatively new field, D&I research has distinct characteristics that require particular focus in grant applications, including implementation goals and stakeholder involvement.

The study surveyed a large group of D&I researchers and a smaller group of experts and arrived at a series of suggestions relating to the core elements of a grant application:

“Preparing a strong D&I grant applications is a skill fundamental to providing the foundation for high-quality research,” wrote Dr. Ross C. Brownson, Bernard Becker Professor at the Brown School and first author of the paper. “Following the principles we have outlined will enhance chances of success.”

The paper was published November 18 in Clinical and Translational Science.

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