I get it. You need to run a research operation, serve on committees, attend seminars and meetings, maybe teach classes, and maybe even see patients. Then, of course, you need to “publish or perish” and develop your standing in the research community. You need all of this and a well-written grant for a chance to get funded. It is exhausting, even though you are amazing. Your grant proposal needs to be clear and compelling, and needs to provide the reviewers with a lot of what they expect and a little bit of what they do not expect. More funding means more opportunities for your research to move forward. But when will you find the time?
How can I help you get funded?
First, I can help you write a clear and compliant proposal. Second, I can help you write as if you were a native English speaker, if necessary. Both of these editing services rely on techniques that are readily available to technical writers/editors in the biomedical sciences. You should expect these from any competent editor. However, I can also help you with the magic. I can provide the “nips and tucks” needed to get you within the word limit without losing content. I can also help you bring out the strengths in your research strategy and can help you see the proposal from an outside perspective. Do I know all of the technical details of your field? Almost certainly not. However, neither do many of your reviewers. I have written my own successful grants and edited over 50 proposals. So, you can think of my work as simulated peer review.
How else can I help?
I try to be unusually encouraging. You deserve the opportunity for your research to shine. I may offer a lot of comments, but you can feel free to think about them and decide if they fit for you. It is a dialog, and you retain creative control over your work. I am always happy to explain my logic if you have a question.
Do I only work on grant proposals?
No, though grant proposals are the single biggest barrier to getting your research funded. I can also help with the documents related to your proposal, such as responses to reviewer critiques and biosketches. I can also write and edit your manuscripts and study reports. I have authored 22 research manuscripts, including publications in Science and PNAS, and have edited many research papers for basic scientists and clinicians. Plus, if we work together on a manuscript, it is an opportunity to get to know your research program and bring out those themes later in a grant proposal.
How will you know it is working?
There are some tough realities. Funding rates are low and a lot of excellent proposals are not funded. Anyone who tells you they have a 100% record is hiding the truth. The reality is that the process is incremental. Better writing does increase grant scores, and can move a good grant into the fundable category. Not only that, better writing often leads to more constructive reviewer comments. If your writing helps the reviewer understand and trust your work, that positive feeling could produce improved standing in your field, regardless of the overall score. That improved standing can lead to more seminar invitations, more collaborations, and more funding. It is all connected.