NIH Expertise

About Dr. Bouvier

As a full-time NIH grantwriter, I see dozens of reviewer comments each year. With that broad, current perspective, I know what is fundable right now.

Certifications, Degrees, and Experience

My Biomedical Sciences PhD combined with my experience as an NIH bench scientist and staff writer inform the work I do with grantees and organizations. My goal is to improve a researcher’s grantsmanship skill on all submissions going forward. It makes them a better grantee, mentor, and reviewer and ensures the research the best chance of success.

PhD in Biomedical Sciences

In 1995, I received a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine. My dissertation work was published as a two-author paper in the Journal of Neuroscience (pdf). I went on to pursue post-doctoral research at NINDS.

National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)

In 1997, I became a writer in the Press, Policy, and Communications office of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), writing primarily for the Human Genome Project (HGP). I was privileged to work for long-standing NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins, then Director of the HGP and NHGRI. Among her duties, I:

  • Contributed to Senate Appropriations Testimony and Budget Justifications to Congress, which greatly informs her approach to NIH grantwriting.
  • Wrote press releases, fact sheets, backgrounders, PSAs, and policy articles.
  • Helped Dr. Collins with lecture preparation and fact checking, and assisted on his Shattuck Lecture for the New England Journal of Medicine.

Meg Bouvier Medical Writing LLC

After leaving NIH, I launched a freelance medical writing career. I founded Meg Bouvier Medical Writing LLC in 2007. I have helped clients land over $400 million in federal funding. I currently support:

Virtual Courses Have Helped Over 1,000 Grantees and Administrators

In 2015, I began offering virtual courses. I’ve helped over 1,000 grantees and administrators with my virtual courses. When asked, “Have the courses improved your overall grantsmanship skills?” 88% of library member respondents chose 6 (“Definitely”) or 5 on a 6-point Likert Scale. (N=143)

In 1995, I received a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine. My dissertation work was published as a two-author paper in the Journal of Neuroscience (pdf). I went on to pursue post-doctoral research at NINDS.

In 1997, I became a writer in the Press, Policy, and Communications office of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), writing primarily for the Human Genome Project (HGP). I was privileged to work for long-standing NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins, then Director of the HGP and NHGRI. Among her duties, I:

  • contributed to Senate Appropriations Testimony and Budget Justifications to Congress, which greatly informs her approach to NIH grantwriting.
  • wrote press releases, fact sheets, backgrounders, PSAs, and policy articles.
  • helped Dr. Collins with lecture preparation and fact checking, and assisted on his Shattuck Lecture for the New England Journal of Medicine.

After leaving NIH, I launched a freelance medical writing career. I founded Meg Bouvier Medical Writing LLC in 2007. I have helped clients land over $400 million in federal funding. I currently support:

  • 2 of the top 3 ranked hospitals in the country*
  • 4 of the top 6 ranked cancer hospitals*
  • 3 of the top 6 medical schools for research*
  • An NCI Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP)
  • A Center for Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE)
  • 6 NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers

* US News and World Report, 2020-2021

In 2015, I began offering virtual courses. I’ve helped over 1,000 grantees and administrators with my virtual courses. We asked, “Have the courses improved your overall grantsmanship skills?” 88% of library member respondents chose 6 (“Definitely”) or 5 on a 6-point Likert Scale (N=143).

FUN FACTS ABOUT ME

Trained extensively as a dancer

Studied piano for 14 years and French horn for 8 years

I'm left-handed and proficient at reading and writing backwards

Grew up in and around NYC, happily living there for almost 30 years

Speaks French well enough that Parisians are nice to me

I'm a voracious reader

Love to travel, walk all over a city, go to museums, sample local food

Was captain of my high school field hockey team

Have a commercial strain of dahlia named after me, called “Meggie”

I'm a neat freak

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