Stay connected to Children’s Health!
You are no longer alone. As the new grant and proposal writer at Children’s Health department of Research Administration, my role is to support your grant writing efforts in pediatrics at UTSW and at Children’s Health.
My goal is to provide confidential, constructive criticism on your grant applications and to help increase your chances for successful funding. Specifically, I hope to provide an unbiased review and thorough critique of your proposal and, if necessary, recommend suggestions for improvement in areas including clarity, flow, layout, scientific design, logic, etc.
Although this is a free service open to anyone, it’s expected to be most beneficial to and utilized primarily by junior faculty and fellows or investigators that want to submit their first grant applications.
I know what you may be thinking: “Great, someone to write our grant applications for us.”
Although I am a former basic biomedical researcher, I’m likely not familiar with all the intricacies and complexities of your specific research question. Therefore, it would not be appropriate for me to attempt to write your grant. However, I can review it to determine if you’ve made a strong, clear case for the importance of the problem, the logic of your hypothesis, the validity/novelty of your approach and the value/impact of your potential results.
Can I guarantee that my suggestions will get your grant funded? No. But, addressing and clarifying potential points of concern at the pre-submission level will only serve to improve your overall application.
I’m happy to be involved in your project at any time during the process, although ideally you’ve already solidified your ideas and have gone through at least a couple of draft revisions before you come see me with sufficient time remaining before the submission deadline. My turnaround time is dependent on volume, so plan accordingly. I ‘m happy to interact with you on your terms – in person, over the phone or via email.
We have recently added a Grant Writing Support link to our Research Department webpage that contains my contact information, background and some initial funding opportunities. The page is a works-in-progress and we plan on adding additional, and hopefully relevant, information on a continuing basis. If you have additional questions, don’t hesitate to contact me.
I’ll look forward to working with you.
Daniel (Randy) McMillan, Ph.D.