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Editorial Assistance Services Initiative (EASI)

The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly affected the academic community in many ways, including in research productivity. Early career faculty, particularly women and underrepresented minorities, have been disproportionately affected (1,2,3,4,5). To provide additional support to faculty as they submit manuscripts or proposals, the university has launched the Editorial Assistance Services Initiative (EASI). EASI will connect faculty to one of our pool of experienced freelance editors and provide direct support for these editorial services, at no charge to faculty.

As capacity allows, the  Research Development Team (RDT) will also assist with managing and facilitating the pre-award phase for teams who submit large grant proposal opportunities (>$5M) that support multidisciplinary and collaborative research. To request that support, please fill out the RDT Assistance Inquiry Form.

Faculty members from all ranks and disciplines who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic can apply for EASI services on grant proposals and manuscripts. Once an editor has received your draft, please allow two weeks for edits; we also suggest you leave at least 2-3 additional days to make any necessary revisions before submission.

Questions? Email Courtney McQueen at

EASI Support Application

  • Describe the type of assistance needed – technical knowledge, general copy writing, editing, etc.
  • o Funder
    o Deadline
    o Opportunity: name, URL and grant ceiling
    o Proposal type: new, renewal or resubmission
    o Title of the proposal
    o 2-3 sentence synopsis of the proposal
    o If there are co-PIs, list them
  • o Journal for submission
    o Draft title of the article
    o Stage of completion, i.e. outline, full draft
    o Is this a first submission?
  • If you are requesting manuscript support, upload a draft of your article.
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    Vice Provost for Research

    265 Garland Hall
    3400 North Charles Street
    Baltimore, MD 21218

    (410) 516-8094

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