Federal Agency & Foundation Engagement

McAllister & Quinn maintains strong relationships with program officers across the Federal agencies and private foundations that fund our clients.

We track emerging funding trends, agency developments, Federal appropriations, and intellectual innovations so that clients stay informed and well-positioned to pursue Federal and foundation funding opportunities. McAllister & Quinn attends agency workshops, conferences, and other key meetings in the field to glean insight from program officers and foundation leaders who are instrumental in shaping agency and organizational funding priorities.


Training and Workshops

McAllister & Quinn delivers these insights to clients in a variety of formats so that clients are ahead of the curve when it comes to changes in a funder’s mission, new grant programs, and emerging trends. McAllister & Quinn offers training onsite, in D.C., or via webinar on how to approach and cultivate relationships with particular funders. Our training is designed to increase our clients’ understanding of federal and foundation funding mechanisms and to give them the tools to submit funding requests and manage the federal funding process. 

Federal Agency & Foundation Engagement Trainings

McAllister & Quinn hosted a training for its clients on funding programs available through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The presentation covered trends in healthcare grants, the major components of every HRSA proposal, how to prepare for a HRSA grant, and upcoming HRSA funding opportunities.

McAllister & Quinn hosted a webinar for its clients on the new National Science Foundation (NSF) Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG). McAllister & Quinn summarized changes to the latest PAPPG, focused on changes to the Bio(graphical) Sketches and Current and Pending requirements, and shared a tool for organizing proposal components on an NSF proposal.

McAllister & Quinn provided faculty a virtual training focused on foundation funding. The training covered general information about foundations and how they typically operate and set priorities, how best to find foundations that will fund faculty projects, and how to craft an effective letter of intent.

McAllister & Quinn hosted a tailored training for its client on how to develop relationships and communicate effectively with program officers in the Department of Defense (DoD). The training included an overview of DoD’s organizational structure, strategies for crafting military relevance statements, and an overview of open and forecasted funding opportunities.

Concept Development and Federal Marketing

Working with program officers to develop concepts can be a critical step in the funding application process. However, engaging with funders can be a point of consternation for our clients who are not accustomed to translating their concepts and research into fundable ideas or who are developing new relationships with funders. We assist our clients in developing concept papers and talking points to help facilitate conversations with program officers at Federal agencies and national foundations. McAllister & Quinn professionals prepare our clients to present confidently in front of funders ensuring that our clients are strong ambassadors of their organization’s reputation with Federal funders and foundations.

Recent Insights

Federal Marketing and Targeted Agency Engagement

Successful extramural funding efforts depend heavily on direct interactions with funding agency officials. Early and sustained engagement with program managers...

Nominating Faculty Members to Federal Advisory Committees

There are over 1,000 federal advisory committees (FAC) with approximately 60,000 members. These committees focus on policy concerns and funding...

Developing R&D Concepts

McAllister & Quinn developed and assisted a client-led consortium with the creation of a center-level technical road map in partnership...