2020 Dissemination & Implementation Science Workshop: Critical Elements to Writing a Successful NIH Application

Overview: Our 4th annual Dissemination and Implementation Science Workshop was virtual this year and conducted over the course of 3 recorded modules with an optional consultation follow-up. We recruited the help of 4 dissemination and implementation researchers who were successful in attaining NIH funding for a dissemination and implementation (D&I) project application. Each investigator presented their D&I project in a facilitated discussion with Community Engagement and Outreach (CEO) Core Director, Paul Estabrooks, PhD. They provided insight into the keys and strategies that can be applied to your own D&I grant applications. See more details and access the recorded presentations below.


Bryan Weiner, PhD

Professor, Global Health
Professor, Health Services
Department of Global Health
University of Washington

Alanna Rahm, PhD, MS

Assistant Professor,
Genomic Medicine Institute
Geisinger Clinic
Danville, PA

Ross Brownson, PhD

Steven H. and Susan U. Lipstein Distinguished Professor
Brown School and School of Medicine
Washington University School of Medicine
St. Louis, MO

2020 D&I Workshop:

This annual event is organized by members of The Great Plains IDeA-CTR Community Engagement and Outreach Core.


A major goal of the GP IDeA-CTR Network is to increase the number of successful clinical and translational researchers working on innovative ways to reach medically underserved populations and improve the health of individuals living within our region. To achieve this goal, facilitating research on dissemination and implementation science – the study of how best to move research evidence into practice – is critical. Workshops such as these are meant to assist researchers in developing and using innovative tools and approaches, and leading CTR teams. Implementation science is the study of methods that influence the integration of evidence-based interventions into practice settings. Dissemination is the process of facilitating the adoption and reach of evidence-based interventions across clinical and community settings.


More than 50 participants attended the 2019 D&I Workshop. Returning speakers Paul Estabrooks and Samantha Harden offered up a brief overview of D&I concepts and strategies. We were happy to welcome Wen You, PhD, an Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at Virginia Tech and Byron Powell, PhD, LCSW, Assistant Professor at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis. Access the resources and recordings from the 2019 D&I Workshop HERE.


With the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided to make this year’s workshop virtual and asynchronous. The theme for this year’s workshop is the “Critical Elements to Writing a Successful NIH Application.”  We have dynamic and exciting presentations from three D&I researchers, Drs. Bryan Weiner, Alanna Rahm, and Ross Brownson, who have successfully secured a National Institute of Health funding. In addition to their presentations about their NIH funded research, each speaker also engaged in a conversation with the Director of the IDeA-CTR Community Engagement and Outreach Core, Dr. Paul Estabrooks. These conversations focused on providing details and explanations about how they included the critical elements of a federal grant in their proposals – specific aims, significance, innovation, and approach.


To access the modules from these D&I experts, simply register using the link below and the URL will be sent to you. You will also have the opportunity to request a consultation with the CEO Core to further strengthen the D&I components in your proposal. Please see the section below for more information about the projects we focused on for this year’s workshop. Stay tuned for more information about activities regarding D&I Science. Become a member to receive updates and information on upcoming events. And be sure to check out the resources, information, and presentations made available from the 2017 D&I Workshop, the 2018 D&I Workshop, and the 2019 D&I Workshop.

Bryan Weiner, PhD: “Increasing Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates in Community Health Centers”

Project Narrative: The proposed project is relevant to public health because an effective strategy for implementing office-system changes that uses fewer resources and achieves higher screening rates than current systems-based approaches could lead to the prevention or early detection of thousands of colorectal cancer cases annually among minority, low-income, and uninsured patients. Thus, the proposed research is relevant to the part of the NCI’s mission to conduct and fund research that improves early detection and diagnosis and reduces cancer disparities.

Grant Application

Alanna Rahm, PhD; “Implementing Universal Lynch Syndrome Screening across Multiple Healthcare Systems:  Identifying Strategies to Facilitate and Maintain Programs in Different Organizational Contexts”

Project Narrative: The overarching goal of this project is to create an organization-level toolkit for implementing, maintaining and improving Lynch syndrome (LS) screening by using tools from implementation science to describe, explain, and compare decision making and other variations in LS screening implementation across multiple healthcare systems. We will accomplish this through analyzing variation in LS screening implementation across diverse healthcare systems, estimating costs of different protocols by healthcare system, synthesizing this information into an organizational implementation toolkit, and testing the toolkit within the healthcare systems. This model will enable more effective and efficient implementation of LS screening; ultimately preventing needless suffering of patients and their family members from preventable cancers, decreasing waste in healthcare system costs, and informing strategies to facilitate the promise of precision medicine.

Grant Application

Ross Brownson, PhD: “Disseminating Evidence-Based Interventions to Control Cancer”

Project Narrative: This project is relevant to public health because it addresses EBPPs that can result in population-level reductions in premature cancer morbidity and mortality. Sparse knowledge exists regarding effective approaches for dissemination of research-tested interventions among real world public health audiences. Upon completion, our study will provide public health practice-relevant dissemination strategies that can be adapted to other settings and risk factors.

Grant Application