MGH Scientific Writing Group Application


Call for Applications


Would you benefit from an writing and editing service for your manuscript or grant? 


The MGH Scientific Writing Group (SWG), led by Rebecca Ward, PhD, is comprised of Medical/Scientific Writers in the Department of Medicine. Formed in 2020, the SWG meets regularly to discuss best practices for writing manuscripts, protocols, and grants. Their expertise spans cancer immunology, cardiovascular biology, neuroscience, and infectious diseases. Together, they have experience editing and writing manuscripts and all types of grants (R01, R21, K99, F31, U19, U01, U54, internal MGH and foundation grants). They also assist in the publication of primary articles, reviews, commentaries, perspectives, and book chapters. 


In collaboration with the MGH Center for Faculty Development, the SWG will provide grant, manuscript, and publication review services for MGH faculty and trainees for $50/hour, subsidized by the CFD, up to 5 hours and limited to once annually. This application is open year-round; the deadline for writing support is provided by the applicant based on grant/publication deadlines the applicant needs to meet. 


Please note: This service is not for the review of your grant or publications' grammar and spelling. It is to help MGH faculty and trainee with the content of their material or help with specific sections of their grant and/or publications.



  • Graduate students, post-docs, residents, fellows, and faculty, whether clinicians or investigators
  • Primary appointment at the Massachusetts General Hospital.



The Center for Faculty Development is now accepting applications online via the CFD Award Manager. We ask you please to fill out a very brief application using the "Apply" button at the bottom of this call.

The application will ask the following questions: 

1. How many hours do you need? 

2. General research area? 

3. For what purpose are you requesting writing services?

4. What is your time frame for this service? (Please be advised that the writers’ availability is contingent on their primary job duties.)

5. How will this writing support assist with your career development? Be as specific as possible (100 words).


This user-friendly system allows you to submit electronic applications to the Center for Faculty Development. The system has been designed to allow users to:

  • Create a personal profile which will auto populate your future CFD applications
  • View current calls and apply to open opportunities
  • Assign a delegate to submit an application to the CFD on behalf of the applicant (optional)
  • Save and edit current applications in progress
  • Submit completed applications
  • View all your CFD applications that have been submitted via the online grants system

Instructions for Applying Online

To get started, please click the "Apply" button at the bottom of this call.

  1. Create your account: Login using your Partners credentials and fill-out the profile information.
  2. Complete the application: once your profile is complete, you will automatically progress through to the online application. If you cannot complete the application at one time, “save” the application and return to it at a later time to finish. Before submitting your application, you will have the ability to make changes to the application.
  3. Submit your nomination: once you have completed the nomination form click on the “submit” button at the bottom of the page. Once you submit it, you will not be able to make further changes unless you send a request to CFD (note that once the deadline passes, request to make changes will not be accepted).

Useful tips:

  • To avoid losing your work, remember to save frequently
  • You can only upload PDF documents. Limit characters to A-Z, a-z and 0-9 when naming PDF documents. Do not use periods, commas, or dashes in the file name.  
  • If you previously created a profile, please ensure your information is current

 Click "Apply" below to begin the application.



If you still have questions remaining, please submit them via e-mail to

Applications accepted from 03/01/2024 12 PM to 12/31/2025 11 PM.