Get Writing & Editing Help

Assistance is available in developing, writing, and editing your grant proposal.

Proposal Editing

Please contact Jessica Mankus, Grant Development Specialist (415-338-3052 or to assess your editing needs.

External Pre-Review of Federal Proposals

With a highly competitive and limited federal funding environment, proposals need to be impeccable prior to submission. Faculty in many universities have found that pre-review of their proposals, through external consultants, reveals problems that may be fixed before final submission. ORSP will consider and pay for a pre-review of your proposal to a federal agency, if the narrative section is submitted one month before the proposal is due. If you feel you meet this criterion, please e-mail Jessica Mankus ( with a draft proposal narrative one month prior to the submission deadline. Include in your e-mail names of several federally funded researchers who are working in the subject/research area of your proposal.

Other resources

We also maintain a library of text about San Francisco State University that you can adopt or rewrite as needed for your grant proposal.

Publishing your research prior to submitting a grant proposal may increase your chances of being funded. This document on writing for publications comes from a spring 2009 workshop facilitated by Nina Wallerstein, Dr.P.H. (University of New Mexico). The presentation is geared towards public health and Community-Based Participatory Research, but the content is useful and applicable to scholarly writing across disciplines.

When writing an NIH grant proposal, as the applicant you will need to write a project summary/abstract and a project narrative. Check out this helpful table to describe the purpose and differences between the two.