Tips for Getting Funded

Checklists, tools, self-ratings, and guides for successful proposals


Tips for Getting Funded: Checklists, Tools, Self-ratings and Guides for Successful Proposals in Dissemination and Implementation (D&I) Research

Resources developed by Enola Proctor, Ross Brownson, Byron Powell, Ana Baumann, Ashley Hamilton, and Ryan Santens .Adapted into website form by Amy Huebschmann, Chase Cameron, Demetria McNeal, and Russell Glasgow


​​Sample Grant Applications From NCI

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) frequently receives questions from investigators for examples of successfully funded grant applications. Several investigators and their organizations agreed to let the Division of Cancer Control & Population Sciences (DCCPS) programs post excerpts of their grant applications online.

10 ingred vid thumb10 Key Ingredients for D&I Research Proposals - This helpful animation was developed in collaboration with colleagues​ from ACCORDS & CCTSI and adapted from materials presented by experts at Washington University, STL​



Enhancing the reporting of implementation thumbWilson, Sales, Wensing, Aarons, Flottorp, Glidewell, . . . Straus. (2017). Enhancing the reporting of implementation research. Implementation Science: IS, 12(1), 13.




Russ 10 ingreds thumbGlasgow R. Writing Implementation research grant proposals:10 key ingredients...and a few reflections. Keynote Presentation at UCSD D&I Workshop. April 2018. Materials adapted from the list created by Enola Proctor and colleagues. 

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For users who are looking for an introductory primer on D&I research to help to determine if your research questions are appropriate for D&I research or not, expand the “D&I  introduction.”  

For users who are either relatively new D&I investigators or who are at the early phase of developing a grant, expand the "New to D&I or early idea user guide" tab below. As just one example, this the user guide will help you to optimally describe the “Quality Gap” and the “Evidence-based intervention or policy” as two critical ingredients of a compelling D&I research proposal.

If you are an experienced D&I investigator or have already developed an aims page or a draft grant proposal regarding an evidence-based program or policy that you will address in a real-world setting, expand the "Advanced D&I proposal tips" tab below to review a more comprehensive list of criteria that you should address in each section of your research proposal.  

To access additional D&I funding resources, including published manuscripts on writing fundable D&I grants, expand the “Funding Resources” tab below.