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Grant Proposal Editing

Our Grant Proposal Editing Service

You’ve taken on the daunting task of writing a grant proposal—good luck! We know this can be quite an intense experience, and a proposal is probably one of the most complicated pieces of text you’ve ever had to write. After all, it’s rare to receive any training in what a grant proposal looks like or how to write a successful one. Plus, the process for getting a grant is often very competitive, with many others having the same hopes as you. This is probably something very important to you and an opportunity you really care about, so of course you want to do as well as possible and give yourself the best chance at success. How do you do that? You get help from a professional editor. An editor will know all the tips and tricks for writing a good grant proposal, and they’ll be able to make sure your language is correct and that you’ve expressed yourself as clearly as possible. Don’t let grammatical mistakes or an inferior grant proposal be what holds you back—get help with your grant proposal editing from Capstone Editing.
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What is Different about Grant Proposal Editing?

The ability to secure funding is crucial to academic success. In Australia, it is imperative to gain nationally competitive (category one) grants in order to secure academic employment, to conduct research and for career advancement. Grant proposal writing differs from other forms of academic writing, as it requires the presentation of a compelling idea within limited space for an audience of assessors with limited time. An application for a nationally competitive grant needs to be written in such a way that an intelligent and informed (but potentially non-specialist) reader can easily grasp what is being proposed in the research project or scientific investigation and is firmly convinced of its value.

Grant proposal editing guarantees that, in addition to meeting all guidelines and formatting requirements, your application is worded perfectly to ensure you have the highest chance of success. Capstone Editing’s specialist academic editors have worked on countless proposals in all the major funding rounds, including those for Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery and Linkage Programs and National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Program and Project Grants. The services of a skilled academic editor experienced in grant proposal editing are certain to give your application the best chance of funding success.

Tips for Grant Proposals Editing

A grant proposal is usually the only opportunity you have to apply for a certain grant, and you won’t get any more chances. You need to submit a strong proposal to be in the running for a grant. Here are some of our top tips to check out before you start writing or to compare your proposal with once you’ve finished writing it:

  • Always follow the prescribed format and the instructions given. If there is a form to fill in, use the form, and if certain headings and subheadings should be included, use them. Double check for any formatting guidance, such as typeface, font and margins.
  • If there’s no form or any specific headings you’ve been requested to use, the following sections are the most important ones you should include when you make your own outline—cover letter, title page, goal and objectives.
  • Be very clear about the intended outcome of receiving the grant, what goals you have and how you would use the grant to achieve them. Be specific to show that there’s a plan in place.
  • Don’t underestimate the power of grant proposal editing. Give yourself plenty of time for editing after you’ve finished the first draft, as it’s highly likely you’ll find plenty of changes to make. Hiring an editor is extremely helpful.

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The Benefits of Grant Proposal Editing

Our editors specialise in editing for academics and apply their expert knowledge to a large number of grant applications in each funding round. Whether your proposal builds on your existing work or initiates an entirely new area of investigation, we can ensure it is polished, concise and convincing at the point of submission.

Specifically, your editor will ensure that your grant application:
  • Provides a compelling and succinct summary of your research, written as an original proposal or based on work that is already in progress
  • Concisely conveys the greatest possible amount of detail about the value of your study in the limited space available
  • Emphasises the details and importance of the study, demonstrating its national benefit
  • Presents your past research achievements with particular emphasis on their quality and relevance to the proposed study
  • Itemises all expenses clearly and accurately, and demonstrates the benefit of your study in terms of funding investment to research output
  • Adheres to any page limitations specified and conforms to common stylistic conventions, such as the use of abbreviations
  • Is free of errors, inconsistencies in referencing or typos, which may detract from your research proposal
Having your proposal edited by Capstone Editing:
  • Saves you a significant amount of time
  • Ensures your proposal responds to the most up-to-date measures stipulated by funding bodies, such as those of impact and engagement
  • Gives you the competitive edge of a polished, error-free proposal, increasing your chances of success

Grant Proposal Editing at Capstone Editing

Editing grant proposals is a complicated and time-consuming task, which is best done by a professional who knows all about it. Also, hiring an editor will give you some time to take a breather after all the hard work you’ve put into your proposal. At Capstone Editing, our team comprises highly trained academics with specialised expertise in many areas including academic editing, fiction editing, freelance fiction editor, and academic journal editor. Our grant proposal editing services come with an On-time Guarantee and a Quality Guarantee so that you can rest assured you’ll be able to submit a high-quality proposal before the deadline. With our help and the extensive editing experience of our editors, we’ll give you an edge over other applicants.

Submit your grant proposal to be edited by Capstone Editing through our website or contact us for more information.

Our Reputation

We are proud of our reputation as the highest-quality academic editing service available. Testimonials from our past clients and the examples of our editing we provide here demonstrate the quality of our work.

Editing examples

These documents provide representative examples of our work for past clients.


I would like to thank my editor at Capstone Editing for her thorough edit of my grant proposal. Her suggestions gave me better ways of expressing myself with clarity and (importantly for grant proposals) with fewer words! She provided detailed comments on her edits that helped ensure that we didn’t inadvertently change the intended meaning. I appreciated her attention to the details of formatting and nuances of meaning across the document. I highly recommend her to help improve the readability and clarity of academic documents.

Dr Monica Barratt NHMRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow University of New South Wales

Capstone Editing has edited many journal articles for me. Their editors' thorough command of language really helps in making sure that the article is well expressed and free of errors. They work very quickly and I have found it invaluable to have somebody format an article to the style of the particular journal. It is a massive time saver that allows me to move on to my next piece of work. I plan to use Capstone's services again, including for a book project I have coming up. I highly recommend Capstone Editing to academics wanting to save time and wanting to submit their work with the confidence that it has been thoroughly looked over and formatted to their particular requirements.

Associate Professor Dominic O'Sullivan Political Science Charles Stuart University

The fast, elegant and professional service provided by Capstone Editing saved me hours, days and weeks of work for which I am truly grateful. They worked to very tight deadlines and formatted, fixed and corrected my thesis so that I could submit it on time (and within my budget!) The editors who edited my thesis had phenomenal attention to detail and provided me with tremendously valuable feedback that improved the quality of my thesis. In addition to the usual material, my thesis had dozens of tables in both portrait and landscape format, a research study and case studies. My editors very quickly corrected and fixed all the material I threw at them and went beyond the call of duty to provide me with a beautifully referenced and immaculately formatted thesis. I am so appreciative of their advice and assistance.

Cheryl-Anne Whitlock Master of Arts (Journalism) University of Wollongong

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