STRATEGIC PLANNING PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT TRAINING
Megan Queen Cantwell is an independent proposal development and strategic planning consultant based in Pittsburgh, PA, and Washington, DC.
Meg has led and contributed to a range of strategic planning and grantseeking efforts for secondary and postsecondary institutions and nonprofit organizations since 1994.
She has delivered proposal development workshops on nearly 100 college and university campuses. Recent projects have included proposal writing for the U.S. Department of Education, including multiple competitions of the federal TRIO programs and CCAMPIS through the Office of Postsecondary Education, and the Office of English Language Acquisition's National Professional Development Program; the National Institutes of Health's R15 and R01 mechanisms; the National Science Foundation's EPSCoR program; and national foundations.
Meg and the MQC Consulting team have extensive expertise in managing internal competitions to identify the most competitive projects within states, higher education systems, and individual institutions and departments, and in developing competitive, peer-reviewed final proposals. A bench of experts - including former program officers and current awardees - in every discipline is available to conduct pre-submission reviews and to work with research teams prior to submission to develop proposals with a greater likelihood of being funded.
Early career faculty on dozens of campuses have benefited from MQC's workshops on best practices in proposal development, leading to the identification of viable grant competitions, the submission of a greater volume of successful proposals, and the establishment of partnerships that make the best use of inter- institutional collaboration and the engagement of undergraduate and graduate student research partners.
Having held positions with federal and state government agencies, community organizations, and all levels of education institutions, Meg is adept at facilitating strategic partnerships. She has contributed to statewide initiatives to align priorities and capitalize on resources across sectors. In Michigan and Ohio, in particular, Meg's efforts have drawn partners from the education, manufacturing, and small- business sectors together to create ongoing collaborations.
In addition to her work with individual campuses and state systems, Meg has extensive experience as a peer reviewer for federal agencies. She also served as senior consultant for special initiatives in the AASCU Grants Resource Center for 13 years, holding the roles of editor of GrantWeek, the lead on GRC's external partnership and advocacy activities, and advisor to the executive director on long- range planning activities. Prior to AASCU/GRC, she worked as an analyst in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and a program manager for the Florida Department of Children and Families. Meg holds a B.A. in comparative literature from the College of Wooster.