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Research Writing & Editing Services


The Office of the Vice President for Research (VPR) offers writing & editing services for faculty and researchers applying for external funding. These efforts align with the VPR's goals of enhancing writing education and training for grant applications and building a culture of top-tier writing practices through ongoing support, workshopping, and feedback. Kiki Karahalios leads these services in the form of writing retreats, writing boot camps, workshops, and individual writing support by reviewing research narratives for external proposal submissions. Kiki also supports Research Education and the VP-NSF Cohort Program by teaching and developing program curricula for UofU faculty and researchers. She reviews research narratives submitted to NSF, NIH, and other federal and private agencies.  

Services Provided

Copyediting for research proposals and research in grant applications
Wordsmithing and refining language within research narratives
Making research accessible to a broad audience
Editing for specific style guides
Outlining your grant for success
Additional writing feedback and assistance

Request Guidelines

Writing services are available to all faculty and researchers at the University of Utah.

Assistance should be requested at least two weeks prior to grant deadline. A standard request requires up to two full weeks to review work and prepare feedback. We recommend requesting assistance at your earliest convenience. Second reviews are a possibility if time permits.

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Principles of Effective Writing Workshop: Active Voice & Writing with Verbs
Join us for the second writing workshop on writing and editing for grants, fellowships, and other external funding opportunities. This workshop, Principles of Effective Writing: Active Voice & Writing with Verbs, will focus on writing with strong, active verbs. We will also review writing in the active voice, avoiding turning verbs into nouns, choosing strong verbs, and quickly getting to the main verb of a sentence.
Date: TBD


Principles of Effective Writing: Active Voice & Writing with Verbs (April 5, 2024)

Principles of Effective Writing: Conciseness & Cutting Clutter (February 16, 2024)

Writing Services Town Hall (October 20, 2023)

Vasiliki (Kiki) Karahalios, MA
Grant Specialist

Staff Photo- Kiki KarahaliosKiki Karahalios is a Grant Specialist in the Office of the Vice President for Research and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Art & Art History. Prior to joining the VPR, she received an MA in art history at the University of Utah in 2021, completed an Adrienne Arsht Curatorial Internship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and curated the Modern and Contemporary Native American art collection currently on display at the Kathryn F. Kirk Center for Comprehensive Cancer Care and Women’s Cancers at HCI.  Her research interests are based in theoretical and philosophical approaches to nineteenth-century art and material culture to study the intersection between texts and images. Her passion for writing and crafting research narratives derives from her work as an art historian.

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