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Office of Scientific Writing

The Office of Scientific Writing (OSW) assists UTHSC investigators with improving the writing quality of scientific manuscripts for publication and extramural grant proposals.

The mission of the OSW is to increase the success of extramural funding requests to support research at UTHSC, and to facilitate the publication of research results to disseminate scientific knowledge from UTHSC biomedical research. 

We work with investigators to sharpen the language of the proposal or manuscript so that the science, specific research aims, and reported or hypothesized results are presented clearly and concisely and explained in a compelling manner. The Office supports faculty, postdoctoral trainees, and students at our Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga, and Knoxville campuses. There is no cost for OSW services.

See our FAQs webpage or About webpage for more details about OSW services and to submit an editing request form. Please provide a complete first draft of your document with your request.


Scientific Writing

We provide assistance with the scientific narrative of your manuscript or the project description section ("Project Narrative") of your grant proposal. Suggestions provided may include edits to enhance clarity, concision, terminology, organization, logical flow, persuasion, strength, and readability.

Check the Scientific Writing box on the request form.

Copy Editing

Copy editing of your manuscript or proposal includes review for grammar, sentence structure, missing words, spelling, typos, punctuation, and appropriate English usage. We particularly encourage non-native English speaking investigators to take advantage of this service.

Check the Copy Editing box on the request form. 

Grant Consulting

We provide assistance with the Abstract, Specific Aims, Research Strategy, or any text-intensive section of your proposal, even at an early rough or outline stage. In this case, we encourage you to meet with OSW for consultation.

For help with grant budgeting or a budget justification, please contact the Office of Sponsored Programs.


Check your work before your reviewers do!  iThenticate is a text duplication/plagiarism detection service offered free of charge to UTHSC faculty. This tool includes checking your own prior publications. 


In addition to OSW services, the Office of Research Development (ORD) contracts with Hanover Research, which assists investigators with prospecting and with proposal development tailored to a specific funding source and related pre-submission services. If you are a new investigator, we encourage you to take advantage of these services and the OSW scientific and copy editing services. Please also see the archived Hanover grant-writing workshops.

Due to demand for services, we require a one-week lead time for scientific writing assistance for proposals, ahead of the OSP's internal submission deadline (usually 5 business days before the sponsor deadline). In emergency cases, we will work with you to deliver the markup of your proposal in an expedited fashion, depending upon OSW workload at the time.


May 26, 2022