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TIDIRH Application

Participant Eligibility Requirements

This training is designed for doctoral-level investigators at any career stage interested in conducting D&I research. We seek a balance of both junior and senior investigators, with the overall goal of bringing new people into the field of D&I research. While we anticipate most participants will be early- to mid-career individuals, we 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-DIRC, IRI, TIDIRC).
  • 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.

*Please see the trans-NIH Funding Opportunity Announcement on D&I research for definitions of this type of research.

Application Procedure

Applicants must submit all of the following documents electronically by 8:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time Sunday, June 23, 2019, to this application website. Applications will be considered incomplete and not processed if all required materials are not submitted by this deadline. Guidance on how to submit documents will be provided automatically via email following online registration. Thus, applicants are advised to register on this site as soon as possible to ensure that there is ample time to receive this guidance and submit their materials on time and accurately.

Applicants will be notified of their acceptance status no later than the week of July 29, 2019.

Please be sure to name all your files with your last name followed by an underscore and the type of document (see below). All documents must be either MS Word or Adobe PDF files.

  1. A 300-word statement which highlights your rationale for seeking specialized training in D&I research at this time and how your prior research and training experiences have prepared you to benefit from this training. Please specifically include how you plan to incorporate the training experience into your career moving forward towards an independent D&I research trajectory. As applicable, please describe your experience with transdisciplinary teamwork (including the involvement and contribution of multiple perspectives, disciplines, and stakeholders, including policy and practice stakeholders). Additionally, as applicable, please describe your experience with or potential for developing strong, bi-directional partnerships with health care delivery, public health, or community-based networks and systems.

    *Save file as “YourLastName_Statement”

  2. Letter(s) of recommendation from a research mentor (or colleague for senior-level applicants) who can (a) address your potential to pursue D&I research and (b) speak to institutional interest and support for D&I research, specifically the ability to provide ongoing support of the applicant after the training. Two letters are acceptable if the mentor/colleague is from a different institution, but they should be submitted as one document. If applicants submit more than two letters of recommendation, those in excess of two will not be considered as part of the application.

    *Save file as “YourLastName_Letter”

  3. A current curriculum vitae (CV) 

    *Save file as “YourLastName_CV”

  4. A 1.5- to 2-page concept paper describing the research plan for the D&I study that you will further develop and refine throughout the training. Describe the specific aims, research questions, and overall general approach, noting whether the project is focused on dissemination research, implementation research or both.

    In addition, please describe:
    • The health practice, program, intervention, guideline, or innovation that will be the focus of your D&I study. Describe the existing evidence base supporting the practice (if applicable), the target population for your proposed study, and the setting in which you plan to study the implementation or dissemination of the practice;
    • The potential implementation strategies that you might propose to help integrate the evidence-based practice, program or policy into health care or public health settings; Alternatively, if your proposed study involves evaluating the outcomes of exposure to a program or policy implemented by others (e.g., natural experiment), describe how you might measure key differences in implementation variation;
    • The type of study design and research methods you might use to study the implementation or dissemination of the evidence-based practice, program or policy
    • If you will be considering NIH, VA, or other federal research funding in the future, the funding mechanism to which you might submit your D&I application

    NOTE: Papers longer than 2 pages will not be reviewed to ensure equity in the selection process.
    References are not required and will not count toward the page limit.

    *Save file as “YourLastName_ConceptPaper”

To upload the required documents and submit your application, please visit

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