Dissemination and Implementation Science Travel Award (DISTAnce) Program

Purpose

The Dissemination and Implementation Science Travel Award (DISTAnce) program aims to achieve the following goals:

  • Increase the application of implementation science in communication sciences and disorders (CSD) research
  • Advance the teaching of implementation science methodology in CSD programs
  • Prepare CSD researchers to have funding success for grants that incorporate implementation science
  • Connect CSD researchers with implementation science researchers to advance multidisciplinary team science

The program provides two forms of support:

  1. Pairing the awardee with a mentor who has experience conducting implementation science research.
  2. Providing funds to support the awardee’s and mentor’s joint attendance at the AcademyHealth Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation in Health ($2,500 to awardee and $1,000 to mentor). Up to four pairs will be supported annually. Funds will be disbursed after the conference.

Eligibility

Applicants must meet all the following eligibility requirements:

  • Research doctoral degree (e.g., PhD)
  • Research area in communication sciences and disorders
  • Previous submission of a federal research grant proposal (awarding of federal research funds is not required). Eligible funding does not include loan repayment awards, scholarships, personnel preparation grants, small business innovation research grants (SBIRs), or community service grants.

Program Requirements

Each awardee and mentor must complete the following tasks:

  • Register for and attend the AcademyHealth Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation in Health (see conference webpage for exact dates; typically, early-bird registration ends in early October, and the meeting is held in Washington, DC, in early December).
  • Meet together during the conference to discuss information learned.
  • During the year after the conference, participate in remote mentoring focused on completion of the awardee’s implementation science grant proposal. The first step is to jointly develop a 1-year plan of milestones resulting in the proposal’s completion and submission. Mentoring frequency and format will be determined by the pair.

In addition, the awardee must complete the following tasks:

  • Register for and attend AcademyHealth’s D&I Technical Assistance Workshop in the afternoon immediately following the Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation in Health (typically, attendees must register by early November; see workshop webpage for exact deadline). Mentor attendance at the workshop is encouraged but not required.
  • Within 1 month of the conference, submit to ASHA the 1-year plan of grant proposal milestones.
  • Within 1 year of the conference, complete the following tasks:
    • Share, for example, through a lecture, seminar, article, or presentation, the information learned at the conference with the CSD community.
    • Submit an implementation science grant proposal.

How to Apply

To apply, access the online application system during the application period, which opens in April. Complete the online form, upload all of the following materials as PDF documents, and submit the entire application by 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time, Saturday, June 1, 2019.

Page limits do not include references.

  1. Personal Narrative (limit 2 pages, 12-point font, 1-inch margins) that addresses the following:
    • What the applicant hopes to gain from the program.
    • How the applicant plans to apply implementation science to their program of research.
    • The applicant’s prior research and/or educational efforts intended to enhance their readiness to conduct implementation science research. Include any relevant publications and/or grant submissions that might not be on the applicant’s curriculum vitae (e.g., any that are under review or not funded).
  2. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  3. Draft of the Abstractof a Grant Proposal (limit 1 page, 12-point font, 1-inch margins)
    • The efficacy of the approach must be supported by controlled studies. If the approach is to remove or alter some aspect of practice, include a research-based rationale for why this change is needed.
    • State the agency and mechanism to which you plan to submit the proposal within 1 year of the conference.
  4. Follow-Up Plan (limit 1 page, 12-point font, 1-inch margins) that addresses how, within 1 year of the conference, the applicant will share (e.g., lecture, seminar, article, presentation) the information learned at the conference with the CSD community.

If you have any questions, please contact ASHA's Academic Affairs & Research Education team at research@asha.org.

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