Scientific Writing Assistance

Scientific Writing Assistance

CTSI offers assistance to investigators writing research grant applications, manuscripts, patent applications, or other research-related materials.


Help the investigator to begin the process

  • Examine the specifications of the individual application process to identify requirements such as page limits and font, and determine which general themes need to be emphasized throughout the writing (ex: innovation, collaboration, technology)
  • Prepare a time-line for submission that includes all departmental and MCW approvals
  • Determine who should provide letters of support

Review hypotheses and aims

  • Narrow study focus as appropriate
  • Assure that the aims adequately address the hypotheses

Build the case, and then complete the argument

  • Present evidence underlying hypotheses
  • Identify what isn’t known and how the hypotheses address these questions.
  • Explain how learning the answers to these questions will benefit and advance the field
  • Predict probable results and anticipate new questions that will be raised by those results

Identify and present all relevant published and unpublished data from this group

  • Highlight the accomplishments and expertise of the mentor and his team
  • Demonstrate feasibility of the proposed methods by showing that they’re either performed routinely or that the team has a record of innovation and can easily adapt existing methods to match the needs of this project

Outline the methods section

  • Identify subject groups and determine inclusion/exclusion criteria  link to RPA page
  • Assure that study is appropriately powered   link to CTSI Biostatistics page
  • Outline and strengthen the study procedures and logistics
  • Assist with description of lab methodologies

Discuss and outline the Discussion section

  • What are the anticipated results?
  • What could be potential pitfalls and limitations, and ways around them?
  • What benefits are to be derived from carrying out this project?

Review and edit grammar, spelling, and syntax as necessary.

NIH Funding Acknowledgment: Important Reminder - Please acknowledge the NIH when publishing papers, patents, projects, and presentations resulting from the use of CTSI resources by including the NIH Funding Acknowledgement.
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