11th Annual NORDP Research Development Conference

Concurrent Session 7
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 • 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Diversifying Sponsored Research Portfolios With Effective Corporate Engagement


Presenters; Anda Cytroen, School of Engineering,Rutgers University; Cherise Kent, Rutgers University

Corporate engagement is not just philanthropy – universities are also organizing corporate engagement to attract industry partners for research and service.  But is your faculty ready to engage? Working with industry partners on a grand challenge or project has very different features than typical federal funding.  Successfully building these relationships requires using RDP tools in a different way. Learn the key differences and how you can create a new pathway of sponsored funding by building these relationships individually and institutionally.  Hear about both perspectives work in tandem to raise visibility of research capabilities and diversify funding portfolios for mutual benefit.

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Models and Strategies for Working with Federal Agencies and Private Foundations: Comparative Study


Presenters: Amy Carroll, Brown University; Susan Gomes, Harvard University; Lynne Sykes, Brown University

This presentation will examine two different models for federal and foundation proposal development support. One model has federal and foundation work in separate departments, while the second combines the two. The presentation will address similarities and differences in networking with organizations, finding opportunities, disseminating them to faculty, assisting with proposal preparation and stewardship of awards. It’ll also include an honest discussion of the benefits and challenges of each institutional model, and suggestions for improvements within each model. Participants will acquire new ideas to apply to both federal and foundation work, and recommendations for models to suggest to their leadership.

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Platform for Advanced Interdisciplinary Research (PAIR)


Presenter: Derek Gatlin, North Carolina State University

The popularity of large team-based interdisciplinary research (IDR) has steadily increased over the past couple of decades, but significant challenges and barriers remain. Large team science proposals involve faculty from multiple institutions with varying structures and organizational cultures. We therefore need an approach that supports IDR across a diversity of institutional hierarchies and disciplinary perspectives. The goal of this presentation is to explicate a theoretical model to advance the science of team science needed to support the development of team-based IDR proposals. This presentation will promote dialogue to advance the paradigm shift toward support for IDR proposal development.

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Department of Defense Funding: Working with DOD Medical Research Sponsorship: Three Case Studies


Presenters: Rachel Dresbeck, Oregon Health & Science University; Jon Zurn, Mayo Clinic; Christine Erlien, Duke University School of Medicine

In 2016, the US Department of Defense surpassed NSF to become the second largest federal funder of research. Yet in many ways, DoD funding is mysterious. Mission-based funding requires different strategic and tactical approaches in research development. The goal of this panel presentation is to explore DoD research objectives, the opportunities and pitfalls of working with DoD, and to shed light on approaches to DoD relationship building. Panelists from three universities will detail their approaches to support research development for increased DoD funding. Exploring this arena may provide NORDP members a new avenue for driving research at their institution.

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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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