University Economic Development Association

McAllister & Quinn

McAllister & Quinn is a Washington, DC, consulting firm that works with numerous private and public colleges and universities located across the United States. We provide higher education consulting in areas such as federal grants, congressional research funding, foundations, public-private and international partnerships and institution-wide strategic projects. Our team is comprised of professionals with extensive backgrounds in the federal government and higher education.

Our teams work with small to midsize liberal arts colleges and universities; emerging research universities, and larger public and private research universities, integrated medical research practices, and academic medical centers. Our client teams are backed by a grant writing/subject matter expert network of more than 250 experienced professionals who each have specific areas of expertise. Our writers’ backgrounds range from accomplished academics to seasoned professionals – and all have written successful grants throughout their careers.

Our consulting services focus on increasing the external funding opportunities with the goal of providing a high return on investment. We work with institutions that have limited federal grant experience, as well as those with extensive sponsored research activity.  For larger research universities, we help to develop industry consortiums for specified vertical supply chains to commercialize technology and achieve economic development goals. This is achieved through forming public-private partnerships with federal government agency grant programs. Government funding to form and support these public-private partnerships can range from $10 million to more than $70 million.

Examples of services include:

  • Faculty Development and Training
  • Cultivating Relationships to Support R&D, Partnerships, Commercialization, and Procurement Projects
  • Professional Grant Writing and Reviewing
  • External Funding Strategy Development
  • Government Relations with Congress and Agencies

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