Key dates for McAllister & Quinn DoD Grantsmanship Training

  • UQ Research and Innovation (UQ R&I) NOIs close: 27 October 2020
  • Webinar #1: 28 October 2020
  • Webinar #2: 17 November 2020
  • Draft Heilmeier Catechism (DoD Concept Paper) due to UQ R&I: 18 November 2020
  • M&Q review Heilmeier Catechisms and match them to DoD research programs: 25 November 2020
  • Tailored Heilmeier Catechism (Draft 2) due to UQ R&I: 7 December 2020
  • Webinar #3: 8 December 2020
  • M&Q individual coaching calls for selected researchers: 25-29 January 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 U.S. consultancy group, McAllister & Quinn (M&Q), who provide targeted guidance and grant writing/proposal development support to engage U.S. Federal Government competitive research funding. 

As part of their services, M&Q are delivering a training program for UQ researchers interested in submitting a non-medical proposal to the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) within the next 6-12 months.  The DoD funds a wide variety of basic and applied research, including engineering, physical sciences, mathematics and statistics, geosciences, atmospheric sciences, and ocean sciences, and computer and information sciences.  This training is aimed specifically at non-medical opportunities within the DoD, rather than its Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDRMP).

Commencing in October, M&Q will deliver three 1-hour training webinars providing an overview of the DoD, a guide to funding opportunities available to non-U.S. researchers, and a guide to marketing your concept to the DoD.  Researchers interested in receiving individual coaching and a proposal development plan from M&Q can then submit a draft concept paper (Heilmeier Catechism) to UQ R&I, with up to eight UQ researchers selected to participate in the full training program, working with M&Q and the Research Office to develop a DoD proposal.  The expected minimum time commitment for the complete training program is 6-10 hours over 15 weeks.  Details of the training program can be found in the Training Plan document below.

Training Outcomes

  • Researchers will have a competitive DoD research concept (in the form of a 2-page Heilmeier Catechism);
  • Researchers will know which DoD program managers to approach with their research concept;
  • Researchers will know which DoD research programs they will pursue and when;
  • Researchers will know the proposal development support McAllister & Quinn and The University of Queensland's Research Office can provide and leverage that support, as needed; and
  • Researchers will have a tailored proposal development plan that lays out 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 three training webinars is open to all interested UQ staff.  The Zoom links will be provided to participants registered through the NOI process.

Full training program

Up to eight researchers will have the unique opportunity to receive individual coaching and a tailored DoD proposal development plan from M&Q.  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 Heilmeier Catechism after the first training webinar, which should be submitted to the UQ R&I International Grants team ( by no later than 18 November 2020.

Key Documents