The Process

100% focused on YOU

What does '100% focused on you' mean?  It means that I don't have any major commitments except helping people like you. 

Whether we are doing 'grant writing', 'coaching', or a workshop, my focus is 100% on you. I’m not trying to rush through your grant to get to the thing that I really do.

The absolutely most common need I find among junior faculty is the need for someone to be focused 100% on them.  Typically a junior person's mentor has their own lab to run and their own students and postdocs to train.  Sure, you, junior faculty member, are important, and most senior faculty do spend untold hours helping junior faculty with grant proposals.  And senior faculty give fabulous and invaluable advice (advice that I cannot give). But the junior person still needs someone to be completely focused on them, their words, their document, their thoughts, their what-ifs, their struggles. That's where I come in.  And that's what I enjoy doing and think I am good at.

Let’s get your grant application done well, so you can get back to doing the things you love!

If you need someone who is 100% focused on you and your ideas Contact Me!

One-to-one Grant Writing Coaching


I listen to you, ask questions, rephrase. I help you focus your ideas by talking with you about them.  I assume you are the expert in your area, but since I have a fair amount of scientific background I use both directive and non-directive coaching.  I always read some review articles in your field, but please expect me to need some education from you about the scientific details and the context in which you see your work.

The process is always iterative.  You should expect your ideas to evolve.  You should expect that the types of edits, comments and suggestions you get from me will evolve also, as I learn more about your project and as you move from early drafts to polished writing.

Main areas in which authors request help with grants

  • Stating their Specific Aims

  • Writing the Specific Aims page

  • Choosing what to write in the Significance and Innovation sections

  • Writing Significance so that it tells a story

  • Making sure the application sounds as exciting as your know it is

  • Framing your research project to align with funder’s and reviewer’s needs

  • Writing cohesive paragraphs (one topic per paragraph, please!)

  • Double checking the instructions

  • Editing for comprehensiveness, relevance, organization, framing, clarity and concision

  • Reducing length (which is a combination of some of the above)

  • Anticipating a reviewer’s most likely objections and making sure they are addressed

  • Thinking about how to write so as to guide the reviewer through the proposal

  • Writing key points as ‘sound bites’, i.e., making your application 'highlighter-able'

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My philosophy about grant applications

Sorry to break the bad news, but your grant application is not about you.  Nope.  Your application is about the needs of the reviewer and the needs of the folks with the money.  So if you aren't sure whether to include x-and-such a piece of information, just ask yourself, 'does this help the reader grasp how I am solving a problem they care about?’ ‘Does this show the reader how I'm the perfect person to do it?’

Scientific Manuscripts & Other Documents

The process of writing a scientific manuscript comes with its own set of challenges — envisioning your work from the reader’s perspective, parsing information between figure legends and the results section, organizing the introduction and discussion.  If you would like help with a manuscript, the best thing to do is to contact me and we can discuss what you need. 

Main areas in which authors request help with manuscripts

  • Outlining the introduction

  • Writing directly and concisely

  • Reducing repetition between figure legends and results section

  • Making figures self-explanatory

  • Outlining the discussion