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Grant and Manuscript Assistance

Specialized Proposal Assistance is Here

The CTSI is here to provide help and guidance for all your grant writing needs. To request assistance, please use the CTSI Service Request Form.

Applications that are Close to the Payline

NIH may ask PIs to supply additional information if a proposal’s score is “on the bubble”. This is so the Program Officer has information to advocate for making an award at the Council level. PIs are usually asked to respond to any remaining concerns that reviewers expressed in their critiques of a revised application. In such situations, CTSI can draft and provide strategic feedback on those critically important, time-sensitive responses.

Grant Preparation

Biomedical Research Services & Administration (BRSA) provides comprehensive assistance with multiple aspects of proposal preparation. We augment the assistance available to proposal writers in their home departments, by providing writing and editing services for grant applications of all types. Our goal is to help investigators make their proposals more competitive for funding.


We provide the following services:

  • Searches for potential funders 
  • Editing text for clarity, funder/mechanism guidelines
  • Drafting or revising boilerplate text
  • Drafting letters of support
  • Training grant assistance
  • Interpreting reviewers’ comments
  • Assistance with revising and resubmitting an application


All services are free of charge to WFSM investigators.

Letters of Intent

This brief letter is required by many funders and is the basis for their invitation to submit a full application. The odds of funding improve exponentially once an application clears this first hurdle. Our experience and consultation can help investigators ensure that their idea is congruent with the funder’s interests and expectations, and we can provide editorial assistance so that non-specialist reviewers (often involved at this stage) will still understand its key elements.

Making a Formal Appeal to NIH

If a PI wishes to formally appeal a score or funding decision, our team can analyze the situation and advise the PI on overall approach and wording of the request. It is essential that such requests follow the NIH policy on appeals, meet the Program Officer’s suggestions, and are worded respectfully and objectively to make the best case for the application’s reconsideration.

Manuscript Editing and Guidance

Publishing scientific findings is an essential component of success in academia. To help WFSM’s investigators achieve that success, BRSA offers the following manuscript editing services.


  • Advice on which journals are the best fit for a given manuscript
  • Editing text for clarity, content and journal style guidelines
  • Drafting responses to reviewers
  • Assistance with revising and resubmitting a manuscript


All services are free of charge to WFSM investigators.

Resubmitting NIH Applications

Our team can provide expert guidance on interpreting critiques, crafting a convincing and thorough one-page response to the reviewers, evaluating whether the new proposal is responsive to all reviewers’ comments, and in general helping to ensure that the revision is as competitive as possible. At the PI’s request, we can convene a “mini-study section” comprised of grant-savvy WFSM faculty who can meet, assess the critiques and the response, and then advise the PI on ways to create an effective revision.

Cite the CTSA

Publications and other documents resulting from utilization of WF CTSI resources are required to credit the CTSA grant. Learn how.

Access This Service

Access CTSI programs and request services or support through the CTSI Service Request Form.