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 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.