Technical Editing Support
Technical editing assistance is available to all faculty in the College of Engineering for proposals, pre-proposals, letters of intent, and other written submissions related to funding.
Joanna Trieger, Technical Editor
Office: SEM 245A
For help with the structure and content of your proposal—ensuring that your argument is logical and that your proposal answers the solicitation and is presented as strongly as possible—contact the editor at least two months before your intended submission date. A draft is not necessary at this point, but contact must be made to ensure space on the editor's schedule.
For help polishing your proposal—proofreading for copy errors and word choice, and shortening if needed—contact the editor at least one month before your intended submission date. Again, you do not need a draft this far in advance, but contact must be made to ensure space on the editor's schedule.
You may contact the editor for help at any time, but you will only be guaranteed assistance by following the guidelines above.
- NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide 2018 (PAPPG): This version is in effect for proposals due on or after January 29, 2018.
- NIH Application Guide
- U.S. Department of Energy Grants Policy and Guidance
- NSF Guide to Proposal Writing: An information-packed proposal-writing resource directly from NSF, with tips for getting started, writing your proposal, and what to double-check before you submit. A must-read for new investigators submitting to NSF.
- NIH Write Your Application Resource: A concise overview of the NIH review process, plus tips for writing your proposal. A must-read for new investigators submitting to NIH. Also see the Plan Your Application page.
- 12 Steps to a Winning Research Proposal: Common-sense tips from and engineer with 18 years' experience as an NSF Program Director. See even more tips in his Honing Your Proposal Writing Skills paper.
- Specific to NSF Broader Impacts:
- National Alliance for Broader Impacts Guiding Principles: Understand how the NSF will be evaluating your Broader Impacts section.
- NSF Special Report on Broader Impacts: A range of examples of effective Broader Impacts, curated by NSF.
General Technical Writing
- Sentence Structure of Technical Writing: An excellent introduction to technical writing and editing. These tips will make your proposal easier and more enjoyable for your reviewers to read.
- Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL): A resource for common-sense instruction to improve anyone's writing.
- Duke Graduate School Scientific Writing Resource: An outstanding guide to the basics of writing in a way that will be clear and pleasing to your readers.
- Another great presentation on what often makes scientific writing unclear.