​A Proposal Writing Retreat in the Pennsylvania Countryside

January 6-10, 2019

March 4-8, 2019

JULY 8-12, 2018

November 4-8, 2018






Meg Cantwell 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 deep bench of experts - former program officers and current awardees in nearly 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. Discipline- and agency-specific workshops provide applicants, whether novices or long-time awardees, with insight into upcoming funding opportunities, guidelines, and reviewer perspective to increase competitiveness and reinforce the the tenets of successful grantseeking.


Since 1994, Meg has led and contributed to efforts to chart ambitious, achievable, measurable action plans for a range of organizations: postsecondary institutions, associations, state and local government agencies, and sector-spanning collaborations. She uses the elements of Compression Planning® to facilitate efficient decision-making during leadership meetings and retreats, and frequently pairs planning sessions with federal budget briefings to situate organizational activities within a national framework.


Meg and the MQC Consulting team have served as reviewers and program officers for federal, state, local, and private funders. They use this experience to bring a reviewer's eye to the writing and editing process. Clients often engage MQC early in the proposal development process, and take advantage of off-the-clock discussions to help determine whether or not to pursue a particular funding opportunity. Once a viable competition has been identified, some clients engage MQC to manage the entire proposal development process, from convening team meetings and establishing the timeline, to developing the proposal outline, writing content, and editing the contributions of the team's subject matter experts. In other cases, applicants use MQC to conduct a detailed pre-submission review, complete with scores and comments, or a late-stage edit, with the focus limited to readability and grammar. In many cases, clients have seen MQC's pre-review as a primary factor in catching potentially fatal errors that, once addressed, enabled submission of a successful (funded) proposal.