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Grant Writing

ORC Grant Editing Service

Have your grant edited by Brenda Birmann, part-time grant editor with the ORC. Brenda provides individual feedback, assists with English language, grammar, and writing style, and ensures formatting and content is in line with NIH guidelines. You may sign up for either an ‘Aims only’ or ‘Full Proposal’ slot for the months preceding your submission date. Brenda does not provide scientific review, so we recommend getting feedback from your mentor(s) before submitting to have as complete a draft as possible.

Weekly editing slots beginning on specified Mondays are offered on a first-come, first-served basis (see below). Investigators submit draft materials by noon on Monday and receive suggested edits and feedback the following week.

Investigators may be given editing help with up to two full submissions within a 12-month period (or two full submissions and an ‘Aims only’ slot, if timing allows for the third request after giving preference to first-time requests). Additional requests beyond this limit can still be submitted and will be placed on a waitlist to be accepted if the desired slots are not claimed. Similarly, a second request within the same NIH cycle (as marked by the Feb/March, June/July, and Oct/Nov deadlines) will be initially placed on the waitlist to ensure we can help the maximum number of investigators.

Update 07/22/2021: We are now using a new live booking system to sign up for slots, instead of the old REDCap preference form. When you submit the form at the link below, you will be confirmed for a slot immediately.

Sign up to have your grant edited here.

For your convenience, you can view a calendar of all grant editing slots here (view-only). The status of each slot is shown by color and also in text when you click on the individual record.

Red – Claimed (available for waitlist)
Light Yellow – Available for Aims Only
Light Blue – Available for all submissions

Career Development (K Series) Grant Writing Workshop Series

The Office for Research Careers (ORC) is pleased to offer a pilot workshop series designed to provide guidance and feedback to junior faculty applying for National Institutes of Health Career Development (K) Awards.

Application closed for Summer 2019 cycle.

Full 2019 RFA


Mentoring Circles Program

The Mentoring Circles Program (MCP) is a program created by postdocs for postdocs. Two senior postdoc mentors meet with a small group of 5-7 junior postdoc mentees on a monthly-basis to give advice and help advance their career. Applications for the 2020 – 2021 academic year closed on August 17th. Next year’s applications will open in Summer 2021.

Learn more & apply to the program.

CURE Mentoring Program

The Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences Program (CURE), administered by the Initiative to Eliminate Cancer Disparities, allows postdocs to mentor a high school or undergraduate student in their lab for 8 – 12 weeks during the summer.

More info about CURE.

Additional MGB Resources

Brigham Health Young Professionals ERG

The Brigham Health Young Professionals (BH YP) Employee Resource Group has a subcommittee for Professional Development. Examples of past related events from this ERG include: workshops to identify/apply for jobs and graduate school; panel presentations by industry leaders; reading recommendations from senior leaders; and their very popular “Coffee With” series. All BH employees who identify themselves as young professionals, regardless of age, are welcome to be a part of the BH YP Community.

Visit the BH Young Professionals website.

MGB Professional Development Series (PDS)

This series from MGB offers several classes in Spring and Fall semesters as well as options for self-led learning, including an extensive Professional Resources Library to support all employees’ personal skill development.

Visit the PDS page on Pulse.

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