11th Annual NORDP Research Development Conference

Ideas Showcase

4:30pm - 5:30pm

"There’s an App for That”: An Interactive Application Development Toolbox

David Widmer, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; Lisa Preziosi, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; Vaso Bitas, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

With new NIH compliance and eligibility requirements, grant applications have become more complex. Investigators face the daunting task of understanding and assimilating all these new components into their applications.  To assist them, the Memorial Sloan Kettering Grants & Contracts unit has created a comprehensive toolbox of interactive resources which investigators can utilize throughout the grant submission process. Our Idea Showcase will review our multi-faceted methodology to building a robust toolbox of interactive investigator resources. Our synergistic approach may offer attendees guidance on creating new, interactive resources that better equip their investigators in traversing the ever-changing NIH grant submission landscape.

Building a Better Foundation: The First Year Assistant Professor Program

Grace Adkison, Florida State University

How do you introduce new faculty to the unique research process at your institution? This poster showcases Florida State University’s answer to that question: the Council on Research and Creativity’s (CRC) First Year Assistant Professor Program. Find out how the current rendition of this 20+ year program assists new tenure-trBUack faculty with establishing their research path and navigating the research process at FSU. Also briefly highlighted will be the CRC’s role within the Office of Research and its synergy with the Office of Proposal Development.

Building Research Communities

Leslie Ponciano, California State University Chancellor's Office

Researchers often work in silos but external funding sources are seeking interdisciplinary, collaborative approaches to gain the greatest benefit for their investment. Finding collaborators who can work together throughout the proposal and grant management processes is an art. This presentation will share examples for building research communities, discuss steps to move from a community to a collaboration, and provide suggestions for creating a strong proposal. Participants who attend this presentation will gain new ideas for building research communities, strategies for creating research teams for grant proposals, and awareness of potential obstacles that might derail an important project.


Changing the Culture: Limited Submissions at the New American University, a Model for Transparency

Hayley Bohall, Arizona State University

Curious how other institutions do it? Come to see how Arizona State University maintains an open and transparent review process for Limited Submissions; developing research and encouraging interdisciplinary collaborations strategically.

Early-Career Grantsmanship: Tips for New Faculty Success

Rachel Goff-Albritton, Florida State University; Beth Hodges, Florida State University

We will review the components of an exemplar program for working with junior faculty from the Florida State University Office of Proposal Development (OPD). The Early-Career Grantsmanship Program includes assessing faculty research interests and current level of grantsmanship knowledge though in-person meetings, developing individualized goals, and monitoring progress. Those attending this session will learn new ideas for refining their current programs for junior faculty or how they can implement an early-career grantsmanship program at their university, adapting to their specific situation.

Extra, Extra: All About Funding Opportunity Newsletters

Paige Belisle, Harvard University

Have you considered creating a funding newsletter to communicate opportunities to the faculty you serve? Perhaps you already disseminate a newsletter and are looking to discuss experiences and best practices with colleagues. Using the Harvard University Faculty of Arts and Sciences Research Development team’s funding newsletters as case studies, this poster will provide a visual, behind-the-scenes look at creating and maintaining monthly funding opportunity newsletters for faculty. Stop by to have a chat and gain adaptable ideas for newsletter content, organization, workflow, and more.

Leveraging Staff and Faculty Expertise to Build Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives

Jenna McGuire, The Ohio State University; Amy Spellacy, The Ohio State University

Academic settings can sometimes make it difficult for research development professionals to build new programming, especially those around diversity and inclusion. At Ohio State, we successfully engaged more than 21 partners and a dozen faculty to launch a Data Science for Women Summer Camp in 2018 aimed at increasing exposure to and interest in data science and analytics (DSA) in Central Ohio among women, especially underrepresented minority women in DSA. Thirty young women attended the camp in its inaugural year, engaging in five days of hands-on learning with real-life data, presenting, team building, analysis, problem solving, and critical thinking.

Providing "Concierge" Services to Faculty: Developing a Needs-Based Research Support Structure

Sarah Polasky, Arizona State University; Jeannie Wilson, Arizona State University; JulieAnna Carsen, Arizona State University, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College

Each faculty member comes to a research advancement or development team with unique needs and expectations, which may or may not be a good match to the resources available from the RA/RD unit. Developing services based on feedback from faculty, particularly in areas of unanticipated and unmet need, can result in improved services and better outcomes for research activity. Novel or atypical services will be provided as examples of this suite of needs-based services for individuals interested in developing these types of supports in their own college or team.

Flash Funding + Design Thinking for Faculty Development

Jennifer Lyon Gardner, University of Texas at Austin

Last September, The University of Texas at Austin VPR office and School of Design and Creative Technologies held an invitation-only weekend retreat for all newly tenured Associate Professors. Participants were immersed in design thinking exercises that enabled them to self-select writing partners outside their home discipline and then draft exceptionally high-quality internal funding proposals in <24 h. 100% of participants surveyed said they’d recommend the retreat to next year’s tenure cohort. This Idea Showcase will explain how design thinking was used to rapidly stimulate new, meaningful research collaborations, and will provide tactical advice for executing “flash funding” faculty development programs.

So You Think You're Not Doing RD? Let's Talk About Expanding Research Development Capacity Through Relevant Strategic Partnerships

Stephan Viehweg, IUPUI Center for Translating Research Into Practice; Etta Ward, Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis

Are you looking for creative ways to build successful research development activities? Wondering how to broaden your partnerships and perspectives? The IUPUI Center for Translating Research Into Practice in partnership with the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research promotes faculty research that is translational (solves problems in the community) through innovative ways to recognize and celebrate scholarship while linking faculty to resources and supports. This unique partnership expands our successful research development activities. Come steal our ideas!

TeamSparX: Bringing Teams Together with Large-Scale Funding

Luis Perez, Florida Atlantic University; Stepan Mazokha, Florida Atlantic University; Karin Scarpinato, Florida Atlantic University

Research development professionals often struggle with team creation and the complexity of participants and documents needed for large-scale funding opportunities. This poster presentation will demonstrate a new online and smart device tool that allows bottom-up team formation and grant-specific project management. The team-building model, "MeetSparX", brings faculty and students together around projects, which are connected to expertise and funding via tags. The project management tool, "FundSparX", takes the team, together with research development professionals through the process of assembling a large-scale funding opportunity. Functionalities of these modules will be demonstrated.

Words Matter: How Qualitative Research Adds Value to Your Research Development Office

Krista Kezbers, University of Oklahoma - Tulsa School of Community Medicine; Heather McIntosh, University of Oklahoma - Tulsa School of Community Medicine

Have you ever thought qualitative research is difficult, time consuming, and not as rigorous as quantitative research? Come to our session, “Words Matter,” to learn how to implement a program that supports and encourages researchers to include qualitative components in their projects.  We will have interactive discussions on qualitative knowledge, methodology myths, and common practices surrounding qualitative research. We will demonstrate how learning and utilizing these skills and methods may provide added richness to your existing research program and spark new collaborations and ideas.

5:30pm - 6:30pm

A Comparative Analysis of Research Development Capacities at Research Universities in EU, the US and Japan

Ayoko Onose, Osaka University; Makoto Takano, Osaka University

This poster will present a comparative analysis of research development offices and services at research universities in EU, the US and Japan. Research development related section at Osaka University in Japan started its operation in 2012. Since then, the section has developed its services both in quality and quantity. In order to further enhance the research development capacities, an on-site review by an international expert from Denmark and interview surveys at universities in the US were conducted in 2018. This presentation will share the outcomes learned from these studies and provide opportunities to compare the research development systems.

Developing Broader Impact Programs as Part of Research Development

Michael Jacobson, Binghamton University

As a way to address funding agencies’ requests for evidence of the broader impacts of funded research and to improve our funding rates and community engagement efforts, Binghamton University’s Division of Research conducted a study of our university’s current broader impacts programs as well as a review of how peer institutions address broader impacts. In this case study, we will present on our study, as well as how we applied the results of this study to improve our tracking of ongoing campus outreach programs, faculty-training workshops, and development of a more networked approach for expanding broader impacts on our campus.

Evaluating Resources Designed to interMESHH Mentoring Pairs: How to Leverage Mentorship, Expertise, Support & Helping-Hands for Professional Development

Kathryn Partlow, University of Nebraska-Lincoln;  Katie Howard, Appalachian State University; Tara Mleynek, University of Utah

To support the development of a strong foundation for mentoring, the Mentoring Committee started an iterative process of developing resources for a Mentoring Toolkit. This includes the OnBoarding Packet comprised of several tools to support professional development. For the last two years, the Mentoring Committee has surveyed the Mentoring Program participants to determine the usefulness of the resources for mentoring pairs and gather feedback for how the resources can be improved. The Mentoring Toolkit can be applied for your own professional development and more broadly at your home institution as a guide for implementing similar faculty or staff mentoring programs.

Increasing Sponsored Research Activity Without a Dedicated Research Development Role

Lisa Correa, New York Genome Center

With limited resources at most of our institutions, and the need for increased levels of external funding, institutions may either hire a dedicated Grant Development professional, or use existing resources.  At the New York Genome Center we have created a Grant Review Group and will explore the effect of this group on external funding.

Implementing an Early Internal Peer Review Process Within an Academic Faculty - What Have We Learned

Mary Ann Pollmann-Mudryj, University of Western Ontario

Early peer review can improve research proposals and increase the chance of funding success, yet not all faculty members take advantage of this effective grantwriting tool. The Schulich Research Office at Western University, and the Lawson Health Research Institute have implemented an internal peer review process that begins well in advance of grant submission deadlines (~4-6 months).  This process involves voluntary participation of both applicants and reviewers in face-to-face feedback sessions. This poster will provide attendees with insights on the benefits and challenges associated with implementing early internal peer review processes, informing potential internal review initiatives at their own institutions.

Lessons Learned Building a Research Methods Hub Through Interdisciplinary Collaboration

Jeanette Jackson, University of Michigan

The BioSocial Methods Collaborative is an interdisciplinary research methods hub fostering methods innovation connecting the biological and social sciences at the University of Michigan.  This poster will share the 5 year journey, the strategies employed to build the infrastructure to support the entire research life cycle, lessons learned, and the impact of the interdisciplinary collaborations that have enabled the Collaborative research team to advance methods innovation.

Pilot Grant Funding Helps Reduce Barriers in Translational Research

Beth LePensee, University of Michigan; Lisa Ahrens, University of Michigan; Brad Downey, University of Michigan; Patricia Piechowski, University of Michigan

The Pilot Grant Program (PGP) at the Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research (MICHR) supports University of Michigan faculty, and their academic and community partners, in pursuing innovative translational research. The MICHR PGP launches numerous funding mechanisms, with awards ranging from $5K to $100K. Broader mechanisms seek projects in any areas of translational research. Tailored mechanisms support faculty in 1) developing large-scale grants, 2) creating statistical methodology, or 3) establishing university-community partnerships. The MICHR PGP has awarded $23M, with a 10-fold return on investment. This poster will share outcomes data, successes and challenges, and new models of funding.

Proposal Bootcamp: Catalyzing Feedback for Graduate Students and Postdocs Writing Research Proposals

Crystal Botham, Stanford University

Grant writing is an essential skill for academic and other career success, but providing individual feedback on writing to large numbers of trainees is challenging. In 2014, Stanford University launched the Biosciences Grant Writing Academy. Its core program is a multi-week intensive Proposal Bootcamp designed to increase the feedback graduate student and postdoctoral trainees receive as they develop and refine their proposals. The Bootcamp has provided more than 450 doctoral and postdoctoral trainees with multi-level feedback, increased the trainee's confidence in developing and submitting research proposals, and increased faculty engagement in the proposal development process. 

Research Development & Global Health Partnerships: Lessons Learned and Ways Forward

Maria Sol Perez, University of Minnesota

Two Center (CAHFS and CGHSR) at the University of Minnesota, share a common goal of using systems-thinking and strengthening infrastructure to catalyze effective trans-disciplinary, cross-sectoral research collaborations to address global health grand challenges. A university-wide needs assessment and gap was conducted to feed the continuous improvement phase of current initiatives and the design of future ones. Both centers have made initial investments into improving these types of research collaborations and seek to continue, in partnership with one another to leverage existing resources and expertise, achieving broader impact in the realm of global health research by overcoming the challenges identified.

The Role of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Research and Development

Derek Gatlin, North Carolina State University

It is only a matter of time before artificial intelligence (AI) augments scientists’ capabilities to conceive and conduct interdisciplinary research development. What are the potential impacts of AI in science, research and development? Are we prepared for the impacts on our industry? The goal of this session is to spark conversations around these questions while examining data and the latest research. Some may say that our work is too complicated for AI, yet teams of computer scientists are stepping up to the challenge. It would be a missed opportunity to discuss the benefits and drawbacks now, before such researchers succeed.

Unblurring the Lines: Distinguished Research Development from Proposal Development and Research Administration

Mary Jo Banasik, University of Michigan

The differences between research development, proposal development, and research administration are nuanced. A firm understanding of the differences between these three services in the context of providing research development support can be helpful when developing a cadre of services in support of research development and when building your team. In this session we will identify the key characteristics of research development, proposal development, and research administration functions. The information presented in this session will help you to clearly articulate the differences between these roles lessening the blurred lines and further strengthening understanding and support for research development at your institution.