Research Universities

McAllister & Quinn works with universities to build, strengthen, and diversify their research enterprises to be more strategic, proactive, and productive.

Rather than rely on traditional government relations or grants consulting models, we take a blended, 360-degree approach. This approach acts as a force multiplier, helping universities to compete for existing and forecasted sponsored opportunities and to cultivate new funding opportunities that serve the national interest.

Because we work in partnership with our clients’ research enterprise infrastructure, we tailor our services to enhance, rather than duplicate resources. Ultimately, we aim to develop customized strategies to help universities achieve their research goals.

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Gain a Competitive Advantage

We deliver strategic intelligence that helps research universities understand federal agency and legislative priorities and funding programs. We work with you to track, understand, and use this intelligence to inform leadership decisions. Learn more about Strategic Intelligence and Appropriations Tracking here.

Invest in Your Faculty

We design and deliver training programs to build capacity among the campus research community, by helping investigators understand sponsors’ priorities and processes, develop personalized grantseeking strategies, and strengthen their grant writing skills. Programs are fully customizable, and our expert trainers will work with you to set agendas, curricula, learning outcomes, and follow up activities to ensure faculty success. Training can be delivered on-campus, in Washington, DC, or virtually. Learn more about Training here.

Develop Winning Proposals

A dedicated proposal manager will help assess needs to ensure that proposing teams receive the right level of expert assistance, that key deadlines are met, and that strong products are submitted. We provide a suite of services including coaching for principal investigators, color team reviews, graphic design, writing, editing, facilitation, proposal management services, and more. Our services can be scaled to support single investigators or larger teams of more than 50 collaborators. Learn more about our proposal development and grant writing services here.

Advance Your Federal Agenda

Whether you need assistance with federal marketing, congressionally directed programmatic funding increase request, or a community project funding request, our team of government relations experts can help you plan and execute a strategy that ensures that you meet your federal advocacy goals. Our government relations work for universities includes managing “DC fly in” meetings with Congressional Delegations or Executive Branch agencies, managing visits to your campus from high-profile government officials, and assisting universities with congressionally directed programmatic funding increase and community project funding requests. Learn more about our government relations, federal agency engagement, and appropriations tracking here.

Our Results

Secured nearly $450M in congressional funding support for our clients since 2018 through our government relations efforts.

Assisted in the development of more than 800+ proposals for competitive extramural funding in 2020.

Garnered more than $800M in competitive grant awards due to our efforts to engage federal agencies.

Representative Clients

Recent Insights

McAllister & Quinn Promotes Dr. Jessica C. Venable to Vice President

McAllister & Quinn is excited to announce the promotion of Jessica C. Venable, Ph.D. to Vice President of the Research Universities Practice. In this role, Dr. Venable will plan and lead comprehensive services to help universities grow and mature their research enterprises.

Public-Private Partnerships

McAllister & Quinn worked with a research university to foster relationships with private industry to build a public-private partnership and win $57 million in funding from the Department of Energy.

Research Universities Team

Our clients work directly with an in-house team with backgrounds in academia, research development, technology transfer, and the Executive and Congressional branches, and by a network of more than 250 consultants, including subject matter experts and former program officers who provide unique insights into federal agency priorities.