Do you want to increase your chances of getting approved for grant funding, get published in journals like Science and Nature, and communicate your science more effectively to the world so that you can continue researching and shaping our planet?
Fresh Eyes Editing provides professional scientific editing services for the academic, medical, pharmaceutical, and social science communities. We will help you communicate your research more clearly and effectively in both written and visual formats, because even great writers benefit from Fresh Eyes.
Applying for grant funding is one of the most stressful experiences researchers have to go through on a regular basis. Getting that next grant award is so important…after all, if you aren’t successful, your research program will not continue.
When I applied for my first grant, I was nervous and excited all at once…I could barely sleep at night wondering if I would be funded.
When my application was returned to me, not only did I find out it was not funded, but it was actually unscored. Which basically means that it wasn’t even good enough to consider scoring.
That was it…I had submitted my application for funding and was denied. Months of hard work were all for nothing.
It was such a mixture of emotions:
I was depressed that my important work and research would not continue.
I was angry at the reviewers for not even giving my application the time of day to score it.
I was ashamed and embarrassed because some of my peers had already received funding, and I secretly had this feeling of inferiority like I could no longer stand up to what they were doing in their fields; and even more ashamed and embarrassed for feeling this way at all.
“I don’t think I will ever be able to write another grant without having your help! You have removed a great deal of stress associated with preparing this application.”S. Teitelbaum, Ph.D., Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
“I am so impressed by your professional performance, quick turn around, and your sincere care … you are a wonderful editor. Look forward to working with you again in the future.”J. Hao, University of Massachusetts
That’s when I realized that despite not being funded…I am a scientist. I am a researcher. So research I did…
I made it my quest to find out why I was unscored and how I could make my application better.
I consulted colleagues, mentors, and anyone else who would listen and answer questions.
I used the feedback I had gotten to rewrite my application just in time for the deadline. I must have held my breath throughout the entire review process.
This time…not only did my application get scored…but my project was funded!
I was hooked on this feeling. Nothing is more exciting than getting funded to a young scientist, and I had finally done it. The fun didn’t stop there, though. I submitted my application to two other grant agencies and got funded on the very first try.
INTRODUCING: Professional scientific editing services to help you communicate your research more clearly and effectively in both written and visual formats.
I took the long route while submitting my applications and manuscripts. I learned through trial and error what worked and what didn’t for my own work as well as others’.
Allow me to use my experience in the writing and submission process to make your job easier. After all, you have so many obligations — do you really need one more thing weighing on your mind?
Since starting in 2009, Fresh Eyes Editing has helped scientists in the US alone get more than $25,000,000 in federal funding, and publish over 500 manuscripts published in peer-reviewed journals.
What Makes Fresh Eyes Special?
Substantive editing of scientific documents
ensure clear, concise communication of your work, to increase your chances of a positive review for publication or funding, so that you can advance science and your career, getting you more freedom to do what you love.
Writing workshops and webinars
to give you the skills to communicate your research better RIGHT NOW.
A free custom sample revision
so that you can know what to expect and decide to work with Fresh Eyes Editing with confidence.
so that you can get feedback from trained scientists to improve your document before it is sent for peer-review.
This is a small business with a core group of editors
who are trained PhDs (not graduate students), who are native English speakers, and are able to give you personalized, expert service so that you will always receive high-quality editing from a trusted team.
Here is some of what Fresh Eyes Editing has to offer:
• Free custom sample revision: Know what to expect and decide to work with Fresh Eyes Editing with confidence.
• Content review: Get feedback from trained scientists to improve your document before it is sent for peer review.
• Manuscript editing and submission: We have had over 500 manuscripts published in peer-reviewed journals.
• Figure preparation services: Quit wasting your time struggling with software to make visual depictions of your research, so that you can get back to doing what you love.
• Resumes/CVs/cover letters and other professional documents: Feel confident that your professional documents are the best possible representation of you, so that you can increase your chances of success in advancing your career.
• Slide decks assistance/revisions: Deliver clear, professional talks that engage your audience and leave an impression.
• Statistical Analysis: Expert consultation on your statistical approaches and results, as well as analysis of your data, which will allow you to be confident in presenting your research and interpretations.
• Grant Application Assembly/Collation: Don’t struggle through formatting and submission requirements alone; we can save you time to focus on the ideas instead of the minutiae of submission requirements.
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“Tough times for [grants]…I think the polish you add just might make the difference to those tired reviewers’ eyes!”David Christiani, M.D., M.P.H., Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Here’s How You Can Get Started Today:
If you are ready to begin, simply fill out the form below to get in touch. I will respond shortly with a quote and timeframe for completion.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: What do you charge?
A: Pricing is based on the word count for manuscripts for publication, and on an hourly rate for other kinds of projects (e.g., grant proposals, dissertations).
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Q: What is your average turn-around?
A: We recognize that many projects, particularly grant proposals, have concrete external deadlines. That’s why we do our best to work within the timeframe that you request for completion of the project. The more advance notice you can give us, the better, but please contact us regarding our ability to meet your deadline. The average turnaround for a standard project is 5-7 days.
Q: What is your availability?
A: We know that science never stops, and we do our best to be available to you. Larger projects generally require a longer lead time, but we strive to answer every email request within 24 hours to let you know our availability for completing your project.
Q: How does the process work?
A: When you submit a document, if you are not yet an established client of Fresh Eyes, you’ll receive a quote and/or sample revision, as well as a service agreement to sign. Once we begin work on your project, we will use the Track Changes feature to indicate the revisions and include comments/questions for you. We will send the revised document back to you. Once you review it, you are welcome to ask questions or send the file back for additional review.
Q: What type of documents do we work on?
A: We edit scientific manuscripts, grant proposals, dissertations, professional docs like CVs, cover letters, and teaching/research statements, as well as slide presentations.
Q: Do we write dissertations?
A: No, we do not write dissertations. We feel that writing the dissertation is a critical part of the learning process. However, we are happy to help guide students through this process and to provide feedback and offer suggestions on the dissertation drafts.
Q: What is included in the editing service?
A: Our editing services are “substantive”; this means that we revise for language, grammar, typography, formatting, clarity, flow, logic, and overall readability. We do our best to act as peer reviewers, providing feedback on the content.
Q: How is payment handled?
A: Payment can be processed through your institution or through personal funds. We accept payments via bank check, wire transfer/ACH deposit, and via PayPal for credit/debit card payments.
Q: How soon before a submission deadline do I need to contact you?
A: The more advanced notice you can give, the better. In particular, the time before major grant submission deadlines can become quite hectic. For a grant proposal, 3-6 months notice is ideal so we can put you on the calendar and set up target dates to help you through the process. For large grant applications (e.g., program projects), we like to receive all materials for editing at least 2-3 weeks in advance of the targeted completion date. For smaller grant proposals and manuscripts to a journal, one week is usually plenty of time.
Q: How do you handle multiple rounds of revisions?
A: We feel that the editing process is collaborative, and we want our clients to enjoy participating in the process. We welcome multiple rounds of revision so that we can all work together to make the document its best possible version.
Q: What happens if the client doesn’t meet their own deadlines?
A: We understand that the writing process doesn’t always go as planned, and we want to encourage you and work with you throughout the process. We often request target submission dates, particularly for grant proposals, as it helps us to plan our calendars so that each of our clients gets the best possible service when they need it. If you have given us a target date, we aim to check in with you in the months and weeks leading up to that date to ensure that you stay on-target. If your target changes, we work with you to the best of our ability. Sometimes, however, there is the risk that if the project is overdue in getting to us, we will have difficulty meeting the required deadline.
Q: What is your experience with the particular type of project?
A: We have a wealth of experience in manuscripts intended for submission to a variety of different academic journals, as well as for grant proposals for many different funding mechanisms, from NIH and NSF to private foundations and funding bodies outside of the US.
Q: Are there things you DON’T do?
A: We do not offer ghostwriting services, but once a draft is written, we are happy to check formatting, references, and revise.
Q: What if my manuscript or grant proposal has to be revised after review?
A: We are happy to work with you on resubmissions. We appreciate the feedback of the reviewers and like to ensure that your resubmission meets all of their requirements/requests.
“It has been a pleasure working with you, with a such a personalised service, provided with care, compassion and professionalism.” S. Arun, Ph.D., Manchester Metropolitan University
“You helped me professional[ly], fast, and responded to all my questions. It was a pleasure to work with you!”M. Garbuzova, RWTH Aachen University