62nd Annual CARPHA Conference, St. George’s University, Grenada

Workshop Overview

The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), in collaboration with the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the U.S, will host a Caribbean Regional Research Grant Writing and Implementation Science Workshop. The workshop proposes to encourage Caribbean researchers to investigate the strategies needed to deliver or implement interventions demonstrated to be effective, bringing these strategies to scale as well as identifying a plan for sustainability. The workshop will be held at the Marriott Hotel, Georgetown, Guyana on April 24th – 26th, 2017.


• Understand the implementation research needs and research priorities for reduction of the burden of heart, lung, blood, and sleep non-communicable diseases and disorders within the Caribbean Region;
• Be knowledgeable of the principles, methods, theories, models, and frameworks of implementation science;
• Identify knowledge gaps ripe for addressing with late-stage (T4) translation research;
• Understand the essential components of strong research grant proposals and the NIH grants process, including scientific review.
• Demonstrate ability to work with partners to achieve outcomes

Workshop Overview

Workshop topics will include tools and tips for use in writing grant applications, an overview of implementation research, defining implementation research topics and specific aims and evidence-based project design. To make the workshop a practical hands-on experience, applicants must submit a concept paper with their application. Selected applicants will discuss strategies for improving their paper/proposal during the workshop.

Target Audience

• Early- and mid-stage investigators who are currently working to address research questions related to non-communicable diseases
• Non-communicable diseases program managers/coordinators


• Strengthened capacity of researchers to practise Dissemination & Implementation Science
• Improved collaboration and partnership among regional researchers
Duration: Three (3) Days

Application Process

Workshop participants will be only those who compete for and receive one of the available CARPHA Travel Awards. Eligible applicants are Caribbean nationals who reside and work in the region. Travel awardees will be selected on a competitive basis through an evaluation of submitted applications and other supporting documents. Travel Awards (airfare and accommodation) will be available to the top 15 qualified candidates. Candidates who qualify to receive a travel award will be required to pay a processing fee of USD $250.00.

Apply Now

Applicants are requested to complete the PDF Application Form and send via e-mail, with supporting documentation (listed below), to ISworkshop@carpha.org no later than Friday, March 17th, 2017 at 11:59 PM Atlantic Time Zone UTC/GMT - 4.

Supporting Documents

Updated CV to include your research interests, positions, honours, awards and past research projects (no more than two-pages).
A statement of support from the applicant's Program Supervisor, Department Head and/or Research Collaborator on institutional letterhead.
Concept Note (2-3 pages) giving details of a research project that addresses the problem of Non-Communicable Diseases in the region.

The concept note should include the following:

o Purpose of the research
o Dissemination and Implementation research goals/objectives
o Primary research question/hypothesis
o Brief research methods
o Relevance to the mission of the funding agency

Questions regarding the application process, workshop content, or general information, may be sent to ISworkshop@carpha.org.