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Identify and present all relevant published and unpublished data from this group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