Call for Papers

16th Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation

Raising Expectations for D&I Science: Challenges and Opportunities


Meeting Information:


  • As always, protecting the health and safety of our attendees is our number one priority. To keep everyone as safe as possible, we will be instating recommended health and safety protocols throughout the conference.
  • All submitters should be prepared to present in-person.

Both interest in and application of dissemination and implementation science has rapidly increased in recent years. At the same time there is rising awareness of unrealized opportunities to apply new knowledge. The 16th Annual Conference will concentrate on capitalizing on our methodological progress while also focusing attention on areas needing growth. We see tremendous opportunities to continue to advance the empirical and theoretical base for both experimental and observational research across the globe, including expanded work to learn from implementation practice, co-creation of high-priority studies, and application of trials testing strategies to support adoption, implementation, sustainment, scale-up, and/or de-implementation. This conference intends to support collective understanding of the D&I research agenda to address these areas through a combination of plenaries, concurrent sessions, and posters that will present research findings and set the field up for the next decade.

The abstract solicitation and conference structure have been designed to focus our thinking and discussion on the highest priorities for dissemination and implementation science now and in the future to help optimize health and health care in the U.S. and globally. Given the breadth of the field and the importance of maximizing opportunities for participants to follow consistent themes throughout the concurrent sessions of the meeting, we are including nine thematic tracks to organize the conference agenda.

Dissemination and Implementation Science seeks to promote and rigorously evaluate strategies for integrating evidence-based approaches into clinical and diverse community settings via public health practice, healthcare delivery, and healthcare policy. The intent of this research is to investigate and address social, behavioral, economic, and organizational factors and policies that impede effective dissemination and implementation of evidence-based clinical, public health, and organizational findings, test new approaches to improve health programming, and determine causal relationships between the strategies to implement interventions and the impacts of their use. Dissemination and Implementation Science is also characterized by a focus on variations in dissemination and implementation processes (e.g., how evidence/interventions are integrated) and how the context (e.g., setting, population, and economic drivers) leads to heterogeneity of results. Thus, the conference seeks novel research or conceptual papers that address any of the topics included within the thematic tracks, with an emphasis on empirical findings for how best to integrate evidence-based interventions within clinical and community settings and/or how to recast the nature or conduct of the research itself to make it more relevant and actionable in those settings.

We are now accepting abstract submissions for the 16th Annual Conference, December 10-13, 2023.

Submission Deadline: July 18, 2023 at 5:00 PM Eastern Time


Abstracts are encouraged for four types of scientific sessions: Individual Oral presentations, Panel presentations, Poster presentations, and Interactive Pre-Conference Workshops. Please see below for additional guidance on abstract submissions based on the type of session proposed.


For individual oral, panel, or poster presentations: Authors will be required to select a track for their abstract and must adhere to the format: Background, Methods, Findings, and Implications for D&I Science. Priority will be given to abstracts that address the overall conference theme, fit well in one of the conference tracks, and present high-quality data to support abstract conclusions.


For interactive pre-conference workshops: Authors will be required to provide a detailed workshop description (including an agenda), 3 learning objectives, and an explanation of how diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) will be included. Priority will be given to workshops that are engaging, skills-based, and interactive.


Abstract Tracks:


  • Behavioral Health
  • Building the Future of D&I Science: Capacity Building, Infrastructure, and Emerging Research Areas
  • Clinical Care Settings: Patient-level Interventions
  • Clinical Care Settings: System-level Interventions
  • Global Dissemination and Implementation Science
  • Health Policy Dissemination and Implementation Science
  • Models, Measures, and Methods
  • Prevention and Public Health
  • Promoting Health Equity and Eliminating Disparities


Note: Abstracts presenting results of empirical research should report completed studies or substantial interim results. Abstracts describing proposed or early-stage studies are not encouraged.


Review Criteria for Individual Abstracts and Panels:

Abstracts will be reviewed and scored based on the following submission criteria, with preference being given to those that:

  1. Show relevance to D&I Science
  2. Focus on the conference theme and tracks (see Track Areas of Focus)
  3. Utilize rigorous and relevant research methods
  4. Present high quality data to support findings
  5. Adequately demonstrate how the study will advance the field

Review Criteria for Pre-Conference Workshops:

  1. Relevance to D&I Science
  2. Important and timely topic
  3. Clear learning objectives
  4. Leader skill expertise
  5. Interactive and attractive format



Instructions and Needed Information for Submitting a Presentation:

  1. Track

  2. Title

  3. Author

  4. Abstract Text

  5. Confirmation

  6. General Instructions



Instructions and Frequently Asked Questions are available to assist in your presentation.

Session Descriptions and Track Areas of Focus are available for future reference.

Begin a submission to the following:


New Submissions Closed

Individual abstracts are submitted to a track for consideration for podium/poster presentation or poster presentation only. Abstracts are first considered as part of a podium presentation, then for a poster. Up to five abstracts accepted for podium presentation are grouped according to topic area. Abstracts accepted for poster presentation are displayed as part of their track during one of two poster sessions.


New Submissions Closed

A panel overview must include a session chair and a minimum of 2 presenters, but no more than 4. If you choose to include an optional discussant, you may only have 3 presenters (5 people max on the panel). Each presenter must have a corresponding abstract. The submission is considered as a whole and accepted or rejected for panel presentation.


New Submissions Closed

Pre-conference workshops will be held on the afternoon of Sunday, December 10th.  Workshops should be submitted by the lead organizer and must include the names and organizations of the speakers in the detailed description. Additionally, the 500-word description should explain the topic and how the workshop will be interactive.  Please note there can be no more than 6 speakers per workshop.

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Key Dates

  • Abstract Submission Deadline: July 18, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. ET
  • Notifications for D&I Abstracts Sent: Mid September

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