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The What

The VPCAT Grant Editing and/or Formatting Review Opportunity (GEFRO) offers both alumni and current scholars:

  1. Up to 1-2 days (8-16 hours) dedicated review time from a senior research manager with over 20 years’ experience reviewing, editing, and submitting multiple grant applications from a diverse range of agencies and foundations.
  2. Feedback on continuity, readability, and thematic presentation of application’s structure.
  3. Contextual tips and tricks to enhance grantsmanship in real-time.

The Why

Investigators who incorporate rigorous grant review prior to the submission of a proposal are more likely to:

  1. Understand what and how to address questions and concerns of the agency prior to submission.
  2. Enhance the quality of their research proposals.
  3. Understand the grant writing process and requirements.
  4. Take part in cultivating a collegial and collaborative culture.

The Schedule

The following VPCAT Grant Editing and/or Formatting Review opportunity schedule parallels the National Institutes of Health (NIH) standard due dates. Keep in mind that a] reservations are based on a first come first serve basis and b] during high demand cycles, priority is given to current scholars.



The How

Upon receipt of an email announcing the cycle is open for reservation, a scholar must complete these 4 steps:

  1. Click on the listed doodle poll to review available dates.
  2. Current scholars select up to 2 days [a day equates to 8 hours of time] that align with submission timeline and alumni scholars select up to 1 day.
  3. Complete the VPCAT Grant Editing and/or Formatting Review Reservation Form.
  4. Email reservation form to the VPCAT Research Manager, Ms. Erin Wachs, and department pre-award staff by the provided deadline. Ms. Wachs’ will email you a confirmation email containing further instructions.

The Result

The outcomes of a VPCAT Grant Editing and/or Formatting Review is a stronger proposal that:

  1. Incorporates thorough and impartial feedback.
  2. Effectively presents content in a well-formatted and organized fashion.
  3. Meets the agency’s criteria and mission.

Email Ms. Erin Wachs your questions regarding the VPCAT Grant Editing and/or Formatting Review opportunity.


VPCAT Research Manager

Erin Wachs