McAllister & Quinn helps clients win highly competitive CDMRP and NIH awards

McAllister & Quinn has assisted clients in submitting successful grant proposals to the Department of Defense (DoD) Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) National Institutes of Health (NIH). Both federal agencies focus heavily on healthcare research; however, the scope and relevance of the research differs between the two agencies.

The NIH is the nation’s most prominent medical research agency. The NIH is made up of 27 different  Institutes and Centers (ICs). Each has its own specific research agenda, often focusing on particular diseases or body systems. The expressed focus of the NIH is to make important discoveries that improve all facets of health and save lives.

On the other hand, the CDMRP, located within the DoD’s U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC), is congressionally mandated to foster novel approaches to biomedical research in response to the expressed needs of its stakeholders – specifically, the American public, the military, and Congress. The CDMRP prioritizes funding for high impact, high risk, and high gain projects that other agencies may not venture to fund.

Both agencies feature highly competitive programs. The final funding rate for CDMRP varies greatly between programs; however, the success rate is generally between 10% – 15%. Likewise, the funding success rate for NIH varies greatly by program. The average success rate for R01s and R21s across all the agency’s ICs in FY17 was just 17%.

Recently, McAllister & Quinn has partnered with agency and subject-matter experts to provide grant writing support, content review, strategic advice on military relevance, and other consulting services on the following awards:

  • CDMRP Peer Reviewed Orthopaedic Research Program (PRORP) – Applied Research Award
  • CDMRP Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP) – Technology/Therapeutic Development Award
  • CDMRP Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP) – Focused Program Award
  • CDMRP Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program (PRCRP) – Translational Team Science Award
  • NIH Alzheimer’s Disease Translational Center for Disease Model Resources (U54)
  • NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Institutional Research Training Grant (Parent T32)

In addition to writing, reviewing, and coaching services, McAllister & Quinn has developed training modules and tailored funding reports in order to prepare clients for successful applications. If you’re interested in finding out more about our faculty development training modules, please read our Faculty Development Trainings case study, or reach out to McAllister & Quinn directly:


McAllister & Quinn Team:

Andy Quinn
Managing Partner
Melissa Dupree, Ph.D.
Managing Director
Kelly Seyed, Ph.D.
Managing Director