NORDP 2019 Annual Research Development Conference

Concurrent Session 3 
Tuesday, April 30, 2019 • 2:15pm – 3:15pm

Funder Spotlight:
US Department of Defense

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Presenter: Valerie Browning, Defense Science Office, DARPA; Jill Pipher, Brown University 

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Go or No Go? Critical Decision-Making for Developing Large, Complex Grant Proposals


Presenters: Jessica Venable, McAllister & Quinn; M.S. (Peg) AtKisson, AtKisson Training Group, LLC; Joanna Downer, Duke University School of Medicine; Michael Gallo, University of California-Irvine.

Funders are increasingly soliciting proposals for large-scale, multi-disciplinary, and multi-institutional research grants in excess of $20M; and institutions must make a significant investment in the research development process to support such applications. This session will help institutions understand the demands of such applications, determine the right balance of internal and external resources to use, and how to set performance expectations for these complex project management teams. Participants will learn strategic models for building complex proposal development teams, and tools for making critical go/no-go decisions for high-stake, high-value grant awards.

Stepping Stones to Becoming a Peer-Reviewed Journal Author


Presenter: Amy Cuhel-Schuckers, Franklin & Marshall College

Learn about another type of leadership available to advanced research administration professionals, and another way to disseminate your knowledge. Led by an Editorial Board member of the Journal of Research Administration (JRA) who is also the Chair of the JRA Author Fellowship Program Committee, this two-hour session will explore ways in which you can begin the process of translating innovative processes or activities, or results of your investigation into the pros and cons of ground-breaking undertakings, or the application of successful practice to a new context, into a body of literature that others can utilize.

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Supporting Senior Faculty: How Can RD Professionals Help Faculty with Established Careers "Jump Start" Their Research?


Presenters: Susan Carter, Santa Fe Institute; Julia Gaudinkski, University of California-Santa Cruz; Kendra Mingo, University of Idaho; Nathan Meier, University of Alabama at Birmingham

How often have faculty told you: ‘X agency knows me! I don’t need to spend time talking with them or enhancing my proposal.’? This approach can be discouraging to RD professionals who know the solicitation is hyper-competitive. In this session, we will explore effective tools and methods that RD professionals can use to support senior faculty grantsmanship at a variety of institutions. Panelists will also discuss mechanisms to support established faculty in obtaining seed funding, changing research directions, or re-starting research careers. Participants will gain valuable perspectives on how to best support individual faculty development regardless of career stage.

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Grant Writing as a Teachable Skill: Outcomes and Lessons From Four Models of Grant Writing Coaching Groups


Presenters: Kristin Eide, University of Utah; Thaddeus Unold, University of Minnesota

The NIH-funded National Research Mentoring Network has implemented 4-12-month intensive grant writing coaching programs for postdocs and early career faculty in the biomedical sciences over the past 5 years. RD professionals are often tasked with providing support and assistance to researchers submitting proposals. This presentation will share information on the coaching program models as well as lessons learned and tools used to develop research faculty’s grant writing skills and adapt models to various institutions. Submission and grant award rates from more than 550 participants will also be shared. Finally, the audience will learn how to potentially leverage NRMN resources.

Recent Changes to NIH Clinical Trials and How to Cope with the Pain


Presenters: Meg Bouvier, Meg Bouvier Medical Writing, LLC

Sweeping changes were made to NIH Clinical Trials applications in 2018. It has created confusion and concern: With the guidelines, the Research Strategy only makes sense if read in tandem with the new Human Subjects section. Grantees fear that if reviewers focus solely on the Research Strategy they will miss key information. My goal is to discuss what I have learned as an NIH grantwriter across multiple grant cycles with dozens of clients under the new guidelines. How can we best advise NIH clinical trial grantees? I hope to generate discussion and leverage our collective experience to establish best practices.

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Expand Your Methodological Services to Increase Awarded Grants


Presenters: René Paulson, Texas Woman's University; Mindy Chandler, Elite Research, LLC

Do you have PIs who need research and evaluation design services, but your resources are limited? Does your institution have statistical support services, but need greater integration with grant development?  Do you have researchers whose ideas are great, but need to be grounded in strong methodology?   In this session, we’ll present concrete approaches to:

  • Leveraging existing University resources for stronger grant proposals;
  • Expanding existing statistical support services to incorporate grant research design; and
  • Prioritizing internal and external resources for optimal methodological services.

We’ll discuss strategic approaches to providing research methodological services to build grant competitiveness and long-term research success.

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Roundtable Discussions


Strategies for Navigating Institutional Change

Facilitator: Linda Vigdor, City University of New York (CUNY) Advanced Science Research Center 

Dysfunction, malfunction, chaos, frustration - share your stories and strategies for working around or navigating institutional and/or departmental challenges. For some of us, the ideas and approaches presented at NORDP can make us feel like Don Quixote in trying to reach the impossible dream. Suspecting that there are at least a few NORDP members who experience a somewhat different professional reality (due to perhaps, institutional calcification, lack of vision, etc.), this roundtable will be a comfortable space to share strategies for navigating day-to-day frustrations and hopes for change.

Faculty and Funders: How Research Development Can Help Them Connect

Facilitators: Kristen Kellems, Brigham Young University; Jaynie Mitchell, Brigham Young University, Conrad Monson, Brigham Young University

A key objective of Research Development (RD) efforts at most universities is to connect faculty with potential funders. The goal of this roundtable is to 1) describe how RD has successfully facilitated faculty-funder connections at Brigham Young University—a large private university with significant faculty research and teaching requirements, 2) discuss the ways RD at other universities have successfully connected faculty with funders and thereby 3) provide participants with new ideas for connecting faculty with funders. Participants in this roundtable should learn ways to make their connection efforts more successful.