McAllister & Quinn-led consortium helps authorize and appropriate funding for a new Department of Defense (DOD) grant program

McAllister & Quinn leverages relationships with Congress and federal agencies to secure funding for interdisciplinary topics. Among these efforts, McAllister & Quinn led a consortium of eight R1 and R2 universities to help authorize and appropriate funding for the Manufacturing Engineering Education Program (MEEP). MEEP, which addresses education and workforce development needs of the defense industrial base, will fund center-level curriculum development and project-based learning activities for universities in partnership with key defense contractors and their supply chains.

Working with the consortium, Congress, the Department of Defense, and industry partners, McAllister & Quinn developed and implemented a legislative and congressional strategy to authorize and fund the MEEP. The firm ultimately secured $10 million appropriated in the FY 2017 Omnibus, and a subsequent $29 million in the FY 2018 Omnibus.

Once the initial solicitation for MEEP proposals was issued in early 2018, McAllister & Quinn assisted its clients and consortium members with forming public-private partnerships and developing focused concepts to respond to the funding opportunity. Furthermore, McAllister & Quinn’s staff and grant consultants helped with the proposal development, providing services such as, writing support, content review, and strategic advice on military relevance.

One consortium member, and current client, won one of the three available MEEP awards in FY 2018. McAllister & Quinn provided proposal development assistance for this submission, and was therefore an active participant every step of the way – from authorization to securing the funding.

McAllister & Quinn assisted with the following:

  • proactive concept formulation;
  • Hill meetings with members of the Senate and House;
  • concept-vetting meetings with the Department of Defense; and
  • grant proposal management, including creating public-private partnerships.

McAllister & Quinn tracks and analyzes legislation pertaining to institutions of higher education daily. Hence, we’re always looking to build new consortia for existing and prospective clients. If you’re interested in forming a McAllister & Quinn consortium, or if you’re interested in Hill meetings, agency visits and/or public-private partnerships, please reach out to McAllister & Quinn directly:

McAllister & Quinn Team:

Chris Fish
Vice President
Jessica Venable, Ph.D.
Executive Director,
Research Universities & Institutions Practice
Jake Parduhn
Director of Federal Affairs