Key dates for McAllister & Quinn NIH Grantsmanship Training

  • UQ Research and Innovation (UQ R&I) NOIs close: 17 August 2020
  • Webinar #1: 19 August 2020
  • Specific Aims page (NIH Concept Paper) due to UQ R&I: 2 September 2020
  • Webinar #2: 9 September 2020
  • McAllister & Quinn (M&Q) introductory call with training cohort: anticipated 14 to 16 September (date TBC)
  • M&Q feedback and coaching: September to November 2020 (see Training Plan document below for specific dates)
  • NIH proposal development: November 2020 to February 2021


The DVC-R has launched a strategy to bolster and diversify the University’s international competitive grant income. A component of this strategic initiative is the engagement of a US consultancy group, McAllister & Quinn (M&Q), who provide targeted guidance and grant writing/proposal development support to engage US Federal Government competitive research funding. 

As part of their services, M&Q are delivering a training program for UQ researchers interested in submitting a proposal to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) within the next 6-12 months.  The NIH is the largest public funder of biomedical research in the world and many funding opportunities are open to UQ researchers.

Commencing in August, M&Q will deliver two 1-hour training webinars providing an overview of the NIH and how to craft a competitive NIH proposal.  Researchers interested in receiving tailored feedback and one-on-one coaching from M&Q can then submit a draft concept paper to UQ R&I, with up to eight UQ researchers selected to participate in the full training program, working with M&Q and the Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) to develop an NIH solicitation response.  The expected minimum time commitment for the complete training program is 8-15 hours over 14 weeks.  Details of the training program can be found in the Training Plan document below.

This training program is ideally suited to health and medical researchers who have been involved in NIH applications led by other institutions and are interested in submitting a UQ-led application, as well as those with no experience of NIH applications.

Training Outcomes

  • Researchers will have a competitive Specific Aims page;
  • Researchers will know which NIH program managers to approach with their Specific Aims page;
  • Researchers will know which NIH funding mechanism they will pursue and when;
  • Researchers will know the proposal development support McAllister & Quinn and The University of Queensland's Office of Sponsored Research can provide and leverage that support, as needed; and
  • Researchers will have a tailored proposal development plan that lays out each step of the concept development and submission process.

How to Apply

Internal notice of intent process

All researchers interested in participating in the training program (either the webinars or the full program) are asked to submit an internal Notice of Intent.


Participation in the two training webinars is open to all interested UQ staff.  The Zoom links will be provided to participants registed through the NOI process.

Full training program

Up to eight researchers will have the unique opportunity to receive tailored feedback and one-on-one coaching from M&Q in preparation of their NIH solicitations.  For an overview of what the full program will involve, please see the Training Plan document below.

Researchers interested in this opportunity will be invited to complete a draft concept paper after the first training webinar, which should be submitted to the UQ R&I International Grants team ( by no later than 2 September 2020.

Key Documents