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Copy Editing Support


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The Office of Proposal Development (OPD) works with the following external consultants to provide copy editing services for Stony Brook University proposal submissions:

SBU investigators can request copy editing services from OPD for any submission with a total budget of at least $250,000. SBU must be the lead institution on the project. 

Requests are approved on a case-by-case basis, depending on the availability of funds in the budget. Please keep in mind that the budget for this service runs from July 1st through June 30th each year.

Approved projects can expect to receive the following:

The PI should be aware of the following commitments:

PIs receiving copy editing support should set aside ample time to review the suggestions and comments from the editor. While our partner consultants bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise related to effective proposal writing, we do not guarantee that they are experts in the same area of research. Therefore, PIs should not expect a review of experimental plans or technical work and should very carefully consider any suggestions related to those proposal components. Incorporating the editor's suggestions can be a time consuming process. By requesting this service, the PI is committing to put in the necessary work once the revised proposal is received from the external editor.

PIs are also responsible for identifying and clearly communicating the type of copy editing support needed for the proposal. Examples of copy editing support offered by OPD include proofreading for English language and grammar, suggestions of areas to cut or streamline text, and review of the following:

Does the project description/narrative flow well? 
Does the project description/narrative have a consistent voice?
Can the project description/narrative be understood by someone outside the field?


All requests should be made at least 4 weeks prior to the date that you need the final product.

If OPD is unable to offer support for your project, you will have the option to work with the above consultants directly. Please be sure to ask about confidentiality agreements. Research Development staff are always available to connect Stony Brook University faculty with recommended editors and provide guidance at any time throughout the project development.