11th Annual NORDP Research Development Conference

Concurrent Session 6
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 • 11:00am – 12:00pm

Stepping out of Your Comfort Zone: Applying to Different Funding Agencies

Providence II and III

Presenters: Martha Norton, Norton Grant Writing Associates; Bryan DeBusk, Hanover Research Council

Venturing outside our comfort zone can be scary, but when it comes to grants, approaching a new funder can produce huge dividends. In this panel, we’ll share all the reasons why researchers shouldn’t get stuck in a rut with their favorite funder and provide tips for helping faculty and staff successfully pursue grants from a new source. Participants in this session will learn how to:

  • Adapt proposals for a different funder;
  • Write proposals for review panels that include professionals with different areas of expertise; and
  • Build a research team to meet different funder expectations.
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Developing a Program of Research Through Education: A Graduate Writing Course Approach


Presenter: Yulia Strekalova, University of Florida

This workshop covers the development of a graduate-level grant writing course. Workshop participants will learn about possible syllabus strategies: topic choice, interactive in-class and take-home exercises, and assessment options. Several common research development tools will be discussed for their applicability in a teaching context: concept mapping, problem tree analysis, logic model for program development and evaluation, and agile approach to project development. The workshop will also provide an overview of strategies for educational assignments and final assessment.

RD Role in Implementing an Institutional Research Strategic Plan: Internal and External Strategies


Presenters: Karen Eck, Old Dominion University; Jenna McGuire, The Ohio State University; Anne Maglia, UMass Lowell; Paula Kueter, Angelo State University

The proposed panel session will highlight strategies and metrics for strategic planning from four different institutions. Panelists will discuss tips, success stories, and missteps in strategic planning as well as how RD can support both the planning and implementation phases. The unique strengths brought by RD professionals to the strategic planning process will also be discussed.

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What do we do? How Do We Know It's Working? And Do We All Do It the Same?


Presenters: Natalie Fields, Emory University; Stephanie Tofighi, University of New Mexico

Session goals are to outline comparisons of RD support using the University of New Mexico, a public R1 university with centralized support, and Emory University School of Nursing, a private R1 university with decentralized support, as examples. We'll discuss how RD support placement within a university may affect the types of services provided, and explain specific evaluation techniques used to track, measure and indicate the effectiveness of RD initiatives. Participants will gain an understanding of the RD support landscape within R1 universities and will be able to apply recommended practices for tracking and evaluating RD support within centralized and decentralized models.

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Facilitating Innovative Research


Presenters: Donnalyn Roxey, Knowinnovation; Andy Burnett, Knowinnovation

Meetings and workshops are a necessary part of a research development professional's life. It's important to bring people together, learn from each other, and/or have contact and stay oriented towards the same objectives. But too often we can slip into the traditional (we'll just say it, even boring) models. People lose focus, and that's when meetings become a waste of time.

It doesn't have to be this way. Your events can be more interesting, productive and effective by using different kinds of interactive activities; from simple ice-breakers and energizers to team-building and problem-solving tools. Whether it's a formal workshop, an informal meeting with a small team or even a meeting with just one individual, use activities and exercises to set the right tone for the meetings you lead and make them more interesting and engaging and ultimately, more productive.

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Roundtable Discussions


Review, Reflect Roadmap: How to Keep Doing Research Development as a Third Career

Facilitator: Anda Cytroen, School of Engineering, Rutgers University; Connie Johnson, University of Massachusetts Medical School

Career development should be a part of every Research Development professional’s growth at each stage.  But for late-career professionals, “what can I do next?” often does not get addressed before full-time work ceases.  RDPs have a robust and transportable skill set that can benefit universities and non-profit organizations that do not have enough in-house capabilities when needed, such as for Grand Challenge proposals or smaller submissions that do not need full-time staff. Two NORDP members who met through the mentoring program will explore and share insights on how they helped one another create roadmaps for their “encores” with open discussion.


Oops... It Seemed Like a Good Idea

Facilitator: Mady Hymowitz, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, University of Western Ontario

Despite our best intentions, sometimes things just don't work out as planned. This roundtable is an opportunity for NORDP members to discuss research development opportunities that didn't go as intended.  Share your experiences and anecdotes about programs or situations that didn't work, reasons why they didn't work, and lessons learned.


Using Technology for the Limited Submission Process

Facilitator: Daniel Moseke, University of Arizona

It can be a daunting task to keep track of funding opportunities, connect potential applicants with appropriate programs, and ensure Limited Submissions are caught, strategically facilitated, and eligibly submitted. This Roundtable will discuss different technological tools and tactics of the trade to discover, track and manage, advertise, and internally compete funding opportunities. We’ll compare notes regarding funding databases such as Pivot, project management software to manage limited submissions workflow such as Asana and Trello, internal competition software such as InfoReady Review, and old faithfuls such as Excel. How do all of these technology tools work together for better research development?