Training Institute for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health, Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research

May 22,2019 | Consortium_staff Training Opportunities

Date(s): September 3 – January 24, 2020
Location: Online, In-Person Training in Bethesda, MD

The Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) in coordination with a number of National Institutes of Health (NIH) Institutes and Centers and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), are hosting this training institute to provide participants with a thorough grounding in conducting D&I research in health across all areas of health and health care. In 2019, the institute will utilize a combination of a 5-month online course (six modules with related assignments) between September 3, 2019 and January, 2020 culminating in a 2-day in-person training to be held January 23-24, 2020, in Bethesda, MD. Faculty and guest lecturers will consist of leading experts in theory, implementation, and evaluation approaches to D&I; creating partnerships and multilevel, transdisciplinary research teams; research design, methods, and analyses appropriate for D&I; and conducting research at different and multiple levels of intervention (e.g., clinical, community, policy).

Participants will be expected to return to their home institutions prepared to share what they have learned at the institute to help further the field of D&I research (e.g., giving talks, leading seminars, forming new collaborations, mentoring, submitting D&I grant proposals, etc.).

For a background on the training institute, please see this article published January 24, 2013: “The U.S. training institute for dissemination and implementation research in health.” Implementation Science 2013 8:12.

For information on NIH funding in dissemination and implementation science, please visit the NCI Implementation Science Team Funding page.

For additional resources and information about D&I science at the NIH, please visit the Resources for Dissemination and Implementation Research page hosted by the NIH Office of Disease Prevention.

This training is designed for doctoral-level investigators at any career stage interested in conducting D&I research. Junior and senior investigators are encouraged to apply, with the overall goal of bringing new people into the field of D&I research. While organizers anticipate most participants will be early- to mid-career individuals, they will enroll a limited number of senior researchers who are making the switch to D&I research.

In addition, to be eligible, participants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Doctoral degree (Ph.D., Sc.D., M.D., Dr.P.H., D.O., D.V.M., D.N.Sc., etc.). Current doctoral students are not eligible to apply.
  • Demonstrated experience and expertise in health science (e.g., medicine, behavioral medicine, nursing, medical anthropology, health economics, public health, health policy).
  • NOT have matriculated through other NIH supported implementation science training programs (e.g. MT-DIRCIRITIDIRC).
  • NOT have current R18, R01, or R01-equivalent funding as a Principal Investigator for D&I research and not received such funding in the past 5 years. Note: Investigators who have received an R01 or equivalent are eligible, as long as the funding was not primarily for D&I research.
  • Feasible D&I research concept to work on throughout the course. This should be a project the applicant is seriously interested in conducting and/or submitting for funding.

Additional considerations:

Federal employees are NOT eligible to apply, with the exception of individuals whose positions allow them to receive grants and function as independent researchers (e.g., VA research investigators).

Applicants are NOT required to be citizens, permanent residents, or non-citizen nationals of the United States.

There is NO fee to apply or to attend the institute. However, all applicants are responsible for arranging and paying for their own travel expenses to attend the in-person meeting (round-trip airfare, ground transportation, hotel accommodations, and meals) TIDIRH is a significant time commitment over the entire length of the program with ongoing expectations for readings and written assignments. Attendance at the in-person training will NOT be permitted for those who have not actively participated and completed all of the required online course work. In addition, it is expected that trainees will attend the entire in-person two-day meeting.

Applications are due by June 23.

For more information and to apply, visit the training website.

For questions about the training please contact OBSSR program staff at