Proposal Development and Grant-Writing Support

Emory offers proposal development and grant-writing support to full-time faculty in the Department of Medicine.

Support includes:

• Restructuring and preparing an NIH K or similar career development award
• General assistance with overall grant writing and critical feedback on a full application
• Critical feedback preparing the introduction and structuring the A1 proposal for a grant resubmission
• Strategy to make a strong case for a particular Request for Applications (RFA)
• Large, multi-centered or multi-PI grants with several authors who need assistance in 'writing with one voice' and overall feedback regarding internal consistency and responsiveness to the RFA


Approval from the Division Director is required in order to process a request for support. Please discuss your request with him/her prior to submitting a request.

Note: generally speaking, requests must be submitted a minimum of four weeks before the grant deadline. Requests from new clients who have never worked with Dr. Gross before require a minimum of 6 weeks.

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About Dr. Gross

Dr. Janet Gross received her PhD in clinical psychology (Research focus) from the University of Vermont. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in behavioral pharmacology/behavioral medicine from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and then served as an instructor an assistant professor in the John Hopkin's School of Medicine's Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. She has served study section member for the National Institutes of Health's National Institute for Drug Abuse and has a track record of funding, publications and teaching. She has served as a guest reviewer for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention prior to her current role as a freelance consultant to non-profits, colleges and universities.


The Department of Medicine will pay half of the consulting fees and the principal investigator's division is responsible for the remaining half. Rates can be obtained from the Department's Office of Research.


  • NIH funds only about the top ~12% of grants 
  • Only flawless proposals are winners
  • The proposal must be crafted so that only the merits of the science are discussed - distractions to the science will sink the proposal
  • For the best possible coherence, consistency, logical flow of ideas and accepted standards of scientific writing