“Meg is a colleague and former NIH compatriot. She exemplifies talent, hard work and meticulousness through her grantsmanship and critical thinking skills as a successful bench scientist. Meg consistently goes above the proverbial “call of duty” to see a project through to the very end, no matter what. Perhaps most notably, I have been extremely impressed with her keen gift to turn verbal concepts and “data dumps” into exciting prose that reviewers (especially NIH) can resonate with. (Meg would never let this sentence end with a preposition!) The landscape for winning NIH grants is extremely – no ridiculously – competitive these days. Meg understands what it takes to capture the reviewers’ attention in a matter of minutes, drive that impact statement home, win them as an advocate, and prevent your application from sinking to the middle or bottom of the pile. I have learned a lot from Meg and consider myself fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with her.”

– JoAnne Goodnight, Former Program Coordinator of the entire NIH SBIR/STTR Program; Currently Director of Project Development and Analysis, The Jackson Laboratory


We can help:

  • Identify the best and most cost-effective strategies to provide grantwriting support for your faculty, either through on-site trainings, webinars, or individual consulting
  • Implement institutional grantwriting best practices, such as chalk talks, mock study sections, and improved biostatistics support for grantees
  • Position your organization to prepare a strong center grant application to make your group competitive
  • Strategize for growth and faculty hires to align with future NIH priorities
  • Review faculty submissions with a mock study section (red team review) panel
  • Transition your teaching institution to a research orientation

“I think the work you did to help me frame the question was extremely effective – it is the first time that the [reviewers’] comments have felt entirely about the science and I haven’t read it and said to myself “but I did say that” or “but I am doing that”.

– Dr. Kate Wolin, Surgery Faculty, Washington University School of Medicine


We can help:

  • Provide agency expertise, and will teach you to weave language and clues contained in appropriations testimony, NIH 5-Year Plan, and other NIH communications into your approach to NIH funding
  • Shop your idea around to different program officers before you write, and teach you what a valuable asset an enthusiastic PO can be to your NIH funding career
  • Identify the optimal study section and encourage you to learn all you can about the expertise represented there, so you can adjust your project accordingly
  • Hone the strengths of your application and highlight the impact and significance of your work
  • Suggest tables or figures that would clarify the content for reviewers
  • Format to facilitate skimming so that harried reviewers do not miss key points
  • Ensure you are addressing the scoring criteria and FOA
  • Copyedit text for style and grammar to make it streamlined and comprehensible
  • Reach your page limits by tightening wording and utilizing formatting tricks
  • Counsel on resubmission strategies and help decipher reviewers’ comments
  • Review. We read dozens of Summary Statements from each funding cycle, across a wide range of Study Sections and topics. This bird’s eye view helps us discern trends in reviewer comments, so we can help you avoid common pitfalls.
  • Write from scratch. Successful grantees are often promoted into administrative positions that limit time for grantwriting. Clients may provide source documents such as published papers, protocols, notes, outlines, and Figures/Tables that we assemble into a draft application. We have assisted clients in a variety of ways and can find an approach that works with your style to reduce your workload.

“Meg has provided expert editing/writing services assisting me with several NIH grant applications. She has an extraordinary ability to take my technical content and make it ‘sellable’ to grant reviewers. She has worked with me on 3 grant proposals. All three were funded! Her assistance has been unbelievably helpful and my recent track record in funding success speaks for itself in terms of her valuable contributions to enhancing the quality of my grant proposals. She has been terrific.”

– Dr. Patty Freedson, Chair Department of Kinesiology, University of Massachusetts


Meg Bouvier Medical Writing, LLC has direct experience with the following:

  • R01 Research Project Grant
  • R01 Outstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES) Award
  • R03 Small Grant Program
  • R13 Support for Conferences and Scientific Meetings
  • R15 Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA)
  • R21 Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant Award
  • R21/R33 Phased Innovation Award
  • R25 Support for Short Courses
  • R34 Clinical Trial Planning Grant
  • K01 Mentored Research Scientist Development Award
  • K01 International Research Scientist Development Award (IRSDA)
  • K08 Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award
  • K22 Career Transition Award
  • K23 Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award
  • K99/R00 NIH Pathway to Independence Award
  • SBIR Small Business Innovation Research
  • P01 Program Project Grants
  • P42 Multiproject Center Grant
  • U01 Cooperative Agreement
  • U18 Research Demonstration Cooperative Agreement
  • U54 Point-Of-Care Technologies Research Network
  • UH2/UH3 Exploratory/Development Cooperative Agreement
  • U2C Resource-Related Research Multi-Component Projects and Centers Cooperative Agreements
  • DP2 The NIH Director’s New Innovator Award Program
  • DP3 Diabetes Impact Award
  • TR01 Transformative R01
  • BRP R01 Bioengineering Research Partnerships
  • R01 Partnerships for Biodefense
  • RC4 Recovery Act Grants
  • RC1 Challenge Grants
  • NCI Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP)
  • Appeals of NIH Initial Peer Review
  • NIH Loan Repayment Programs
  • Minority Supplements
  • Administrative Supplements
  • Sources Sought
  • Contract Proposals