Getting your Implementation Science Grants Funded (CLSC 6770)

Overview This course provides an in-depth examination of issues in submitting successful grant proposals in dissemination and implementation (D&I) research. Students will read, summarize, and discuss relevant articles; personalize and advance their research proposals using interactive on-line resources; reflect on key points of faculty presentations; review successful grant examples; and draft key grant sections.
Instructor Christina Studts, PhD, MSPH, LCSWRussell Glasgow, PhD and Ross Brownson, PhD
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Semester Summer
Format Fully online - Using a combination of real-time video conferences, interactive aids and resources, instructor and peer feedback, and self-guided study.
Capacity 12 students
Semester Hours 2


LEARNING OBJECTIVES AND COMPETENCIES | The course addresses a number of intermediate Dissemination and Implementation Science competencies1,2, including knowledge of:
-      Getting proposals in D&I research funded
-    Identifying adequate extent and depth of stakeholder engagement
-    Cost and economic issues from different stakeholder perspectives
-    Illustrating the importance of external validity and generalization
-    Demonstrating use of PRECIS and hybrid design models
-      Understanding and measuring context
-      Integrating D&I theory throughout a proposal
-      How D&I outcomes are different than health service outcomes
-      Communicating how D&I is different from other types of research
This course addresses select Basic Public Health Skills (BPHS) and meets competencies for multiple University of Colorado graduate school programs:
Clinical Sciences Program (CLSC), Health Services Research Program (HSR), and Community Behavioral Health and Education (CBHE).
1Padek et al. Implementation Science, 2015 and 2Tabak et al. Am J Prev Med, 2017
EXPECTATIONS OF STUDENTS | Students must attend 90% of real-time classes, complete self-study and use of interactive tools assignments, and participate in discussions. Students must read all assigned materials and be ready to discuss these during class. Required readings, reflections, self-study and written assignment time averages 5-10 hours per week for most students.
ASSIGNMENTS | Evaluation is based on contribution to the discussion in both real time and virtually; weekly reflections and written assignments; and periodic written section of a grant proposal and oral presentation of a D&I project proposal. We encourage coming into the class with a D&I project idea. Project idea examples include, but are not limited to: experimental D&I research, examination of contextual factors and natural experiments, quality improvement projects, NIH career development awards, and small NIH research proposals.