Editing & Advising

Editing & Advising

My goal with a grantee is not to improve a single submission, but to improve my client’s skill as a grantee, reviewer, and mentor on all grant submissions going forward. I advise administrators on strategies to increase NIH funding, thereby generating revenue via indirect costs.


I work directly with faculty members as they prepare and write specific NIH submissions.

1. NIH grantsmanship training

In the context of NIH agency expertise, I teach grantees pragmatic techniques including how to:

  • Use information in Appropriations Reports, NIH 5-Year Plan, and other NIH communications to inform project planning and to write grant applications strategically
  • Shop project idea to different program officers before they write, and teach them what a valuable asset an enthusiastic PO can be to their NIH funding career
  • Identify optimal study section and encourage them to learn all they can about the expertise represented there, and adjust project and writing accordingly
  • Hone strengths of application and highlight the impact and significance of their work
  • Ensure they are addressing scoring criteria and FOA
  • Avoid common pitfalls I have seen recently across a wide range of study sections and topics
  • Counsel on resubmission strategies and help decipher reviewers’ comments

2. NIH submission editing

I review grant application drafts, providing specific editorial advice. Commonly, I:

  • Suggest tables or figures that would clarify content for reviewers
  • Format to facilitate skimming so that harried reviewers do not miss key points
  • Copyedit text for style and grammar to make it streamlined and comprehensible
  • Tighten wording and utilize formatting tricks to maximize page limit constraints

Limited Availability for New Clients At this time, Meg Bouvier Medical Writing LLC is not establishing new contracts for 1:1 consulting for a single grant application. If you are interested in establishing a contract for a group of NIH applications, please contact us.


  • Initial call: I speak with the grantee to discuss their needs, their history in applying to NIH, previous Summary Statements, and how I might help them.
  • Edit Aims: I edit their draft Aims.
  • Shop Aims: Grantee and I develop a strategy to shop their revised Aims to appropriate program officers in order to help select optimal IC, study section, and FOA; ascertain fit with funding priorities; and obtain feedback on project design. Grantee drafts submission based on this feedback.
  • Edit to early draft: My objective with the first edit is to identify any major problems while there is still time to fix them. I focus on an early draft of the Aims, Significance, and Innovation, and an outline of the Approach, emphasizing compliance with the scoring criteria and lessons learned from recent successful submissions.
  • Edit to near-final draft: I edit a near-final draft of the Aims, Research Plan, and biosketch. I provide a line-by-line edit, format to highlight key points and compress space, identify red flags for reviewers, make suggestions for figures, etc. I will also write your Project Summary and Project Narrative.I return the draft to you within 1-2 business days.
  • Follow-up on our work together: We will review your Summary Statements together when you receive them.


I consult with administrators on strategies to increase NIH funding, thereby generating much-needed revenue via indirect costs.


  • 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 organizational grantwriting best practices, such as chalk talks, mock study sections, and improved biostatistics support for grantees
  • Review faculty submissions with a mock study section (red team review) panel


  • 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
  • Transition your teaching organization to a research orientation


  • 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)
  • R18 Research Demonstration & Dissemination Projects
  • R21 Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant Award
  • R21/R33 Phased Innovation Award
  • R25 Support for Short Courses
  • R34 Clinical Trial Planning Grant
  • R35 Outstanding Investigator Award
  • R61/R33-RISK Research Innovations for Scientific Knowledge (RISK)
  • 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
  • F31, F32 Individual Fellowships
  • SBIR Small Business Innovation Research
  • P01 Program Project Grants
  • P42 Multiproject Center Grant
  • P50 Full-Scale Specialized Center Grant
  • T32 Institutional Training Grants
  • U01 Cooperative Agreement
  • U18 Research Demonstration Cooperative Agreement
  • U54 Point-Of-Care Technologies Research Network
  • UG1 Clinical Research Cooperative Agreement
  • UH2/UH3 Exploratory/Development Cooperative Agreement
  • U2C Resource-Related Research Multi-Component Projects and Centers Cooperative Agreements
  • UM1 Cooperative Agreement
  • 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
  • RC1 Challenge Grants
  • RC2 High Impact, Interdisciplinary Science in NIDDK Research Areas
  • RC4 Recovery Act 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

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