Case Study

Faculty Development Training Initiatives

As part of its Institutional Strategic Planning thrust, McAllister & Quinn provides consultation services to grants and sponsored research offices in order to improve their ability to assist Principal Investigators (PIs).

One key activity is McAllister & Quinn’s Faculty Development Training Program. The goal of the program is to provide technical assistance to PIs engaged in grant writing in order build their capacity for critical and responsive project design, competitive communication, effective proposal development, and building sustainable relationship with funders.

McAllister & Quinn’s training workshops are tailored to meet the current and real needs of investigators and the institution. As such, we co-develop an agenda that provides clients with the right combination of topic area, delivery formats, and deliverables. Our trainings are:

Strategic: The training program not only helps clients to prioritize research activities, but it also focuses on enhancing their capacity to develop and deliver research support programming to improve efficiency and effectiveness of the of investigators and the sponsored research office.

Proactive: Training is designed to build and sustain investigators’ knowledge, skills, and competence for competitive grantsmanship well in advance of a call for proposals.

Nimble: All workshops are individualized for the institution and needs of participants. We specialize in designing and delivering grantsmanship training for multiple campus audiences that can be delivered as any combination of:

  • On-campus workshops for small and large groups;
  • Mentoring and coaching components;
  • Webinars and remote sessions.

Facilitators are content experts with extensive funding agency experience and grant writing success. Workshops result in real products and deliverables that investigators can use to write competitive grants.

For example, most recently, McAllister & Quinn has designed and delivered the following modules for our training clients:

Building Collaborations to Leverage Extramural Research

Delivery format: On-campus, approximately 2 hours; large group session.
Audience: New, mid-career, and senior investigators; sponsored programs staff.
Workshop activities: Structured presentations; small group/hands-on activities; Q&A.

The “One Pager” Workshop

Delivery format: On-campus, 3.5 days; followed by one week of remote technical assistance; small group session.
Audience: New investigators.
Workshop activities: Structured presentations; small group/hands-on activities; facilitator and peer feedback sessions; dedicated, guided writing time; individual consultations with the facilitator.

Overview of the Department of Defense’s Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs

Delivery format: Webinar; audience size varied.
Audience: New, mid-career, and senior investigators; sponsored programs staff.
Workshop activities: Structured presentations; Q&A; follow-up consultations.

Using the MURI Roadmap

Delivery format: Webinar; small group session.
Audience: New investigators; investigators who are aiming to diversify their funding portfolios.
Workshop activities: Structured presentations; Q&A; Roadmap; follow-up consultations.

Concept Paper Review and Feedback

Delivery format: On-campus, one-one-one consultations approximately 30 minutes each.
Audience: New, mid-career, and senior investigators; investigators who are aiming to diversify their funding portfolios; sponsored programs staff.
Workshop features: Concept paper review and feedback discussion; individualized matrix of funding opportunities; follow-up consultations.

McAllister & Quinn regularly conducts tailored on-campus and virtual trainings. We welcome conversations with any institution that is interested in hosting a faculty development initiative.