Often large-format P and U submissions are written by a group of grant-savvy people. What is sorely needed is a skilled outsider to help identify ways to turn a pile of good near-final drafts into a single, synergistic, great submission.

Review only is a cost-effective strategy to obtain comprehensive feedback on large-format P and U submissions, which are ‘written by committee’. Here are some of the most common ways I support a submission:

  • Bring sections in alignment with one another: For example, is the Overview section consistent with the write-ups for the Admin Core, Research Cores, and Training Core?
  • Identify gaps in logic and ensure you are addressing the FOA. It can become easy to lose sight of the obvious when you are lost in the details of writing these behemoths, especially on tight deadlines (and when are we not on tight deadlines?)
  • Avoid common pitfalls after having read many Summary Statements for large submissions. For example, you’d better have an extremely detailed communication plan among geographically disparate sites, so reviewers don’t worry that team members will operate their enterprises like their own little fiefdoms.
  • Make the project come together as a synergistic whole – something that generally only happens in the final days of writing. I can help smooth the seams as you cobble together a document written by many, and help make the submission stand out to reviewers and program staff.

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