The Grants & sponsored Research Initiative (GRIT)


The Research Program on Children and Adversity is proud to host the Grants & sponsored Research IniTiative (GRIT). GRIT is a monthly webinar that aims 1) to create a space for new investigators to receive constructive feedback from peers on grant proposals for NIH and other funders, and  2) provide an opportunity for senior investigators to share their research expertise with others in the spirit of capacity building. All aspiring and experienced researchers are welcome to participate.  To register please use the links found below or email

Upcoming Presentations

Picture of Ms. Nana Akuffo


"Fundamentals of Research Administration" on Monday, March 9, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. EST

Speaker Bio

Ms. Nana Akuffo is the Research Development Officer/Coordinator for the Office for Research Support and the Post- Doctoral Fellowship Program at the University of Ghana, and formally Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR). She has worked with the University and  Institute for the past thirteen years in its administration as a Principal Administrative Assistant. Following her Master’s Degree in Administration from Central University College, she understudied with grants administrators at Yale University and the Office of Sponsored Research of the Morehouse School of Medicine. Working with Senior Members of the University and Institute, she oversaw its research development, implementation, and closure. She assists both students and staff in the areas of training opportunities and involvement in research activities. Ms. Akuffo played a key role in setting up the Office of Sponsored Research, which was set up in order to streamline the grants administration process at the Institute and am fully committed to the successful running of this project.

Dr. Brian Mittman | Kaiser Permanente


TBA on Monday, March 30, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. EST 

Speaker Bio

Dr. Brian S. Mittman is a research scientist in the Department of Research & Evaluation with additional affiliations at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the University of Southern California, and the University of California, Los Angeles, where he co-leads the UCLA Clinical and Translational Science Institute Implementation and Improvement Science Initiative.

Dr. Mittman chaired the planning committee that launched the journal Implementation Science and served as co-editor in chief from 2005 to 2012. He was a founding member of the U.S. Institute of Medicine Forum on the Science of Quality Improvement and Implementation and chaired the National Institutes of Health Special Emphasis Panel on Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health in 2007 and 2010. He directed the VA’s Quality Enhancement Research Initiative from 2002 to 2004. His research examines innovative approaches to health care delivery and improvement and efforts to strengthen learning health care systems.

Dr. David Chambers


"Advancing Implementation Science: An NIH Perspective" on Monday,  April 27, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. EST

This seminar will go through the challenges of implementing effective health interventions into clinical and community practice and the development of the field of implementation science to address them.  Dr. Chambers will review progress made in advancing the science along with opportunities to rethink the research-to-practice transition.

Speaker Bio

Dr. David Chambers is Deputy Director for Implementation Science in the Office of the Director in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS) at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Dr. Chambers manages a team focusing on efforts to build and advance the field of Implementation Science (IS) through funding opportunity announcements, training programs, research activities, dissemination platforms, and enhancement of partnerships and networks to integrate research, practice and policy.

From 2008 through the fall of 2014, Dr. Chambers served as Chief of the Services Research and Clinical Epidemiology Branch (SRCEB) of the Division of Services and Intervention Research at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). He arrived at NIMH in 2001, brought to the Institute to run the Dissemination and Implementation Research Program within SRCEB, developing a portfolio of grants to study the integration of scientific findings and effective clinical practices in mental health within real-world service settings. From 2006 to the fall of 2014, Dr. Chambers also served as Associate Director for Dissemination and Implementation Research, leading NIH initiatives around the coordination of dissemination and implementation research in health, including a set of research announcements across 15 of the NIH Institutes and Centers, annual scientific conferences, and a summer training institute.

Prior to his arrival at NIH, Dr. Chambers worked as a member of a research team at Oxford University, where he studied national efforts to implement evidence-based practice within healthcare systems. He publishes on strategic research directions in implementation science and serves as a plenary speaker at numerous scientific conferences. He received his A.B. degree (with Honors) in Economics from Brown University in 1997, and an M.Sc. and D.Phil degree in Management Studies (Organisational Behaviour) in 1998 and 2001, respectively, from Oxford University (UK).

Laura Damschroder


"Use of Theoretical Frameworks in Implementation Research" on Monday, May 4, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. EST

Speaker Bio

Laura Damschroder is Research Investigator with the VA Ann Arbor Center for Clinical Management Research (CCMR) and Implementation Research Coordinator with the VA PROVE QUERI Program in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Her research focuses on implementation research methods and practice. She is the lead author of the widely used Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research (CFIR) which is among the top cited articles in implementation science. She has worked on a wide range of topics but most of her work has focused on US Veteran populations and behavioral change and prevention interventions within and outside VA. She is also Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia.