Office of Grant Support

Grant Advisory Service

"I would like to thank the Office of Grant Support (OGS) for helping us prepare our recent grant. As a result, we submitted a stronger, more persuasive application (UG3) that was funded on the first submission. I highly recommend the OGS grant writing services to other Einstein investigators."    

-Dr. Joe Verghese
Professor of Neurology & Medicine
Chief, Integrated Divisions of Cognitive & Motor Aging (Neurology, and Geriatrics - Medicine)



The College is now offering a grant proposal advisory service to Einstein investigators. The purpose of this service is to aid investigators in generating high quality, polished proposals in order to increase their chances of securing funding for their research. The specific aspects of the service are described below. The grant advisor is Dr. Tanya Dragic, formerly an Associate Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Einstein.   

Dr. Dragic’s immediate area of expertise is virology. During her research career, she made significant contributions to understanding the mechanism of entry into target cells of the Human immunodeficiency virus and the Hepatitis C virus. She has published numerous reviews and peer-reviewed articles in major scientific journals in her field. Dr. Dragic also has a substantial background in microbiology, microbial pathogenesis and immunology, as well as broad familiarity with molecular and cellular biology, genetics and biochemistry.Throughout the course of her research career Dr. Dragic was awarded a number of NIH grants, including R01s, R21s and SBIR grants, as well as several awards from private foundations. She was a reviewer on several NIAID study sections. Given her research experience and skill in writing/editing, Dr. Dragic's services will become an important part of Einstein's grant support efforts. 

Grant mechanisms eligible for support: 

- All major NIH award categories, including the R, K, T & F, as well as program project and center grants.
 - Research grants offered by:  

      Other federal agencies (e.g. NSF, CDC, DOD)  

      Voluntary health organizations (e.g. ACS, AHA)  

      Private foundations  



   (Please note that priority will be given to NIH R-series applications.)   


Types of support offered: 

- Defining the scope and optimizing the wording of specific aims. 

- Improving content, organization and language of specific sections of the grant application. 

- Improving content and clarity of figures and data presentation. 

- Read-through with basic editing and point-by-point commentary to identify weaknesses and problems. 

- Detailed editing and assistance with re-writing (especially for first-time applicants or investigators whose first language is not English) 

- Face to face meetings to discuss applications.   

(Please note that these services are not meant to turn rough drafts or fragmentary proposals into polished applications. Our goal is to work together with you to create the highest quality application possible.)   


Documents and information required: 

- A brief summary of the type of assistance requested. 

- An electronic version (as a Word document) of the complete draft of the proposal (preferred), or of specific sections of the proposal for which the investigator is requesting assistance. 

- Supporting materials relevant to the proposal such as web links, RFAs, award guidelines, study section reviews, study section rosters, and anything else the investigator believes may enhance the editing process.   



- Support will be offered on a first come, first serve basis but priority will be given to NIH R series applications. 

- It is highly recommended that investigators submit their applications at least two weeks before the submission deadline. 

- Applications provided less than two weeks before the grant submission deadline will be processed depending on availability. The full scope of requested aid may not be available with less than 2 weeks notice. 



- Investigators will be asked to fill out a short questionnaire to rate the level of satisfaction with the service. This will be submitted directly to the Dean’s office by e-mail.  

Dr.Dragic also will fill out a questionnaire rating the final application as well as the interaction with the investigator.   


Contact information: 

Please send all requests, application documents and supporting materials to 

Dr. Dragic can also be contacted directly every day between 9:30AM and 1:30PM at (914) 262-5441 



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