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Science Communication Services

Frontiers offers free editing services to help clinical and translational researchers succeed in their science communication efforts, such as grant applications, manuscript submissions/revisions, and scientific presentations. The editor works with researchers to maximize clarity and effectiveness of their scientific communications, regardless of target audience- from lay people to scientific experts.

Eligibility and Priority

The editing service is open (and free!) to clinical and translational researchers at all of Frontiers’ partner institutions. Frontiers makes efforts to accommodate all requests for editing services, but the editor may triage requests during busy periods. Priority is based on timing and type of request, researcher’s career stage, and alignment with the overarching goals of Frontiers, with consideration given to those who:

  • Are engaged in Frontiers’ programs
  • Are early-career investigators moving toward independent research careers
  • Are engaged with groups in historically excluded or under-represented in clinical and translational research

Scope of Services

Early engagement with the editor improves your priority and helps ensure full attention to the development of your science communication project:

  • Grant submission (or resubmission)
  • Manuscript submission (or resubmission/ review response)
  • Presentations to lay audiences
  • Letters of support for a grant from Frontiers offering collaboration with our many cores
  • Conference talk or poster
  • Abstract submissions


                        The editor can help you communicate your research by:

  • Refining language for target audience (from lay people to fellow scientists)
  • Performing quality checks and identifying inconsistencies
  • Enhancing clarity and specificity
  • Correcting grammar/usage errors
  • Reducing word counts
  • Improving organization and flow
  • Aiding in graphics, slides, or presentation materials





Prepare for Funding Success

Most funding agencies recommend starting an application 3-6 months before the deadline. Advance preparation ensures time for multiple rounds of review and feedback - from the funding agency, as well as from mentors, colleagues and editing services. Take time to understand agency priorities, get to know your audience, and refine your writing. To maximize the quality of support for a National Institutes of Health (NIH) application, please contact the editor at least one month prior to the external deadline.

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Frontiers Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) will host Mock Study Sections semiannually to facilitate pre-submission review of National Institutes of Health (NIH) R and K series grant applications. These sessions provide advance review of planned proposal submissions by Frontiers-affiliated clinical and translational science researchers. The purpose of this program is to increase the likelihood of NIH funding success by providing feedback to prospective applicants on grant proposals prior to submission. The Mock Study Sections simulate an actual NIH study section, providing timely feedback to prospective applicants using the NIH's review criteria.

For more information, visit our Education and Training page.

For questions about the program, please contact Frontiers

Meet the Team

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Heather  Fielding-Gebhardt, Ph.D.

Biomedical Writer/Science Communications Manager

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