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Writing implementation research grant proposals: ten key ingredients
Background All investigators seeking funding to conduct implementation research face the challenges of preparing a high-quality proposal and demonstrating their capacity to conduct the proposed study. Applicants need to demonstrate the progressive nature of their research agenda and their ability to build cumulatively upon the literature and their own preliminary studies. Because implementation science is an emerging field involving complex and multilevel processes, many investigators may not feel equipped to write competitive proposals, and this concern is pronounced among early stage implementation researchers. Discussion This article addresses the challenges of preparing grant applications that succeed in the emerging field of dissemination and implementation. We summarize ten ingredients that are important in implementation research grants. For each, we provide examples of how preliminary data, background literature, and narrative detail in the application can strengthen the application. Summary Every investigator struggles with the challenge of fitting into a page-limited application the research background, methodological detail, and information that can convey the project’s feasibility and likelihood of success. While no application can include a high level of detail about every ingredient, addressing the ten ingredients summarized in this article can help assure reviewers of the significance, feasibility, and impact of the proposed research.
Enola K Proctor*, Byron J Powell, Ana A Baumann, Ashley M Hamilton and Ryan L Santens
Implementation Science 2012, 7:96 doi:10.1186/1748-5908-7-96
Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health: Translating Science to Practice
In Brownson, R.C., Colditz, G.A., & Proctor, E.K. (Eds.)
New York: Oxford University Press
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