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Request for Proposals: Technical Editor

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NSVRC is seeking to contract with a technical editor for Sexual Assault Response Team Toolkit.


The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) has been funded by the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) to update and expand the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) Toolkit that is an online resource for the sexual assault field, including advocates, law enforcement, medical professionals, prosecutors, and community based organizations. NSVRC provides information and tools to prevent and respond to sexual violence. NSVRC has published many materials translating research and trends into best practices which can be found here and throughout our website. 

NSVRC is seeking to contract with a technical editor to improve the internal consistency of the SART Toolkit, and edit for grammar, spelling, punctuation, and mechanics of style. The goal of the SART Toolkit is to support providers in all aspects of their efforts to improve coordinated responses to support victims. This project is an update and expansion of the original version which is published here.  We seek a partner that would be able to complete this project by June 8, 2018.


The SART Toolkit for review is in a series of Word Documents consisting of 8 large chapters on 80+ topics and totaling approximately 900 pages. Sections have been written by multiple authors with varied areas of technical expertise. These documents have been reviewed and edited by NSVRC and OVC staff, and this will be the final edit of the toolkit. The role of the technical editor is to review the entire toolkit to edit for voice, clarity, grammar, punctuation and style. The editor will also ensure all content is consistent with the OVC Style Guide. NSVRC seeks to contract with a detail-oriented technical editor to complete the following:

1.      Improve the internal consistency of all SART Toolkit sections (editing and re-writing as necessary to ensure consistent voice, tense, and style).

2.      Ensure consistency with OVC Style Guide.

3.      Edit for grammar, spelling, punctuation, and typographical errors.

4.      Ensure consistency in spelling, hyphenation, numerals, fonts, and capitalization.

5.      Ensure organization, headings, and subheadings are clear and follow the table of contents.

6.      Review specified sections for clarity and reduction of jargon.

7.      Maintain regular communication with NSVRC staff around questions, comments, timeline, etc.

Note: Editors will not check citations or hyperlinks. 


It is expected that this work will be completed between May 21, 2018 and June 8, 2018.


1. Applicant name and/or agency and contact information.

2. Describe relevant expertise and experience related to technical editing, copyediting, and proofreading. 

3. List specific work you have conducted with a similar focus and provide three examples of previous work.

4. Outline the timeframe needed to complete this process.

5. Page per hour rate and estimated cost for project.

Experience with technical writing or editing of government publications preferred.


Proposals are to be submitted electronically to Please include the subject line “SART Toolkit Technical Editor Proposal”.


To be considered, proposals must be received by close of business, Tuesday, April 24, 2018. Selected proposals will be notified by May 11, 2018.

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