13th Annual NORDP
Research Development Conference

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Pre-Conference | Beginning April 26

NORDP Pre-Conference is hosted exclusively by Clarivate

Beginning on April 26 (one week prior to conference) whet your appetite with more than 7 hours of pre-recorded, 20-minute oral sessions. Several roundtable programs are also scheduled this week. View the list of Preconference options here.

Monday, May 3 | Conference Day One

11:00 am - Noon EDT

Opening Keynote: Dr. Sethuraman Panchanathan, Director of the National Science Foundation
Strengthening the Symbiosis of Exploratory and Translational Research @ Speed and Scale

12:15 - 1:45 pm EDT

Concurrent Sessions 1

  • Gender in RD and Compensation Advocacy
  • Things their Mentors Never Told Them: Management and Entrepreneurship for PIs
  • Horizon Europe: Opportunities for Transatlantic Partnerships and Careers
  • One Destination, Multiple Pathways: Approaches for Recruiting, Developing, and Retaining Top RD Talent
  • How Can Your Institution Benefit from the Growth of Open Access Publishing? 

1:45 - 2:15 pm EDT
2:15 - 3:15 pm EDT

Concurrent Sessions 2

  • Pivot with What You've Got: Responding to Pandemic-related Challenges using Existing RD Resources  
  • Approaches for Measuring the Effectiveness of Research Development
  • An RD Professional: Just What the Doctor Ordered
  • Lightning Storm: Scientists Can Offer Unique Lenses as RD Professionals
  • Promoting RD Resources to Faculty
3:30 - 5:00 pm EDT

Afternoon Plenary: Mark Bayer, Bayer Strategic Consulting
Alternative Facts in the Academy: The Art of Pushing Back and Persuading when Data Aren’t Enough

Sponsored by 

6:00 - 7:30 pm EDT

'The Gift' 




















Tuesday, May 4 | Day Two

11:00 am - Noon EDT

Morning Plenary: Dr. Mike Lauer, Deputy Director for Extramural Research, National Institutes of Health
Extramural Research in the Era of COVID-19: An NIH Perspective

12:15  - 1:45 pm EDT

Concurrent Sessions 3

  • Building, Maintaining and Sustaining Productive International Research Partnerships 
  • Leveraging & Building the RD Toolbox to Support Institutional DEIB Goals
  • Increasing External Faculty Recognitions: Critical Considerations from Essential Partners
1:45 - 2:15 pm EDT
2:15 - 3:45 pm EDT

Concurrent Sessions 4

  • RD Strategies for Promoting Team Success in the Online Environment 
  • The Importance of Government Relations Efforts for Research Development: A Panel Discussion
  • Meaningful Engagement (ME): Creating and Cultivating Your Professional Network
  • Advocacy and Inclusion for Under-represented Minorities and Females in University Research Centers
  • Using Data as a Strategic Asset for Research Development Professionals 
4:00 - 5:00 pm EDT

Concurrent Sessions 5

  • Lightning Storm: Practical Tips for Project Management
  • Scenario Planning: Building Resilience in Uncertain Times
  • Institutional Engagement: Breaking Down Silos to Optimize Corporate Engagement
  • So You Want to Collaborate with a Canadian Institution, Eh?
  • How Faculty Influencers Can Strategically Grow Your Campus Research Culture
6:30 - 8:00 pm EDT

Trivia Night: Trivia emcee Tim Fulton has been hosting trivia
for organizations ranging from funeral home directors to contemporary
art museums for over ten years. While you may not be able to match
his knowledge of the Back to the Future trilogy, you’re sure to have a good
Tim has brought his talents to hosting fashion shows, officiating
weddings, and producing nationally recognized podcasts.
(This session is limited to 200 registrants)


Wednesday, May 5 | Day Three

11:00 am - Noon EDT EST                                     

Morning Plenary: Robert M. Sellers, Vice Provost for Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer University of Michigan 
How Research Development Professionals Can Be Change Agents for Promoting Anti-Racism with the Academy

This plenary is sponsored by the NORDP Committee on Inclusive Excellence and Clarivate:

12:15 - 1:45 pm EDT

NORDP Awards and Candidate Forum
The NORDP Awards celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of 1) members making exemplary contributions to the organization, the profession, or the field and 2) external supporters of NORDP’s mission and the work of its members. NORDP Awards are given to celebrate the distinctive achievements of individuals, collaborative groups or work teams, programs or projects, and organizations.  Following the announcement of awardees, the candidates for NORDP’s Board of Directors will be introduced and answer questions during a moderated forum.

2:00 - 3:30 pm EDT

Concurrent Sessions 6

  • Lightning Talks
  • Building Research Leadership Capacity - Opportunities, Issues and Approaches
  • Addressing Equity and Inclusion: Perspectives for Mentors and Mentees
  • Creating and Managing Expectations with Clients
  • Spur Innovation with Research Insights
3:45 - 4:45 pm EDT

Concurrent Sessions 7

  • Lightning Storm: Mentoring
  • Establishing RD Networks to Foster Cross-university RD Collaboration
  • Approaches to Training Scientific Editors in RD Settings
  • The Best of Times and the Worst of Times: Maximizing the Effectiveness of RD Professionals Supporting Single-project and Complex Grant Proposals in Normal Times and During Pandemics and Unexpected Situations
  • Lightning Talks
7:00 - 8:00 pm EDT Hosted Happy Hours


Thursday, May 6 | Day Four 

11:00 am - Noon EDT

NORDP Committee Round - Robin  
NORDP depends heavily on committee volunteers. This round-robin presentation will explain the various NORDP committee activities underway and share how you can get involved.                                                        

12:30 - 1:45 pm EDT

Concurrent Sessions 8

  • RD in the Time of COVID
  • Igniting Research through Faculty Incentives
  • Doing More with Less: Maximizing Funding Opportunities with Efficient Communication Strategies
  • Research Intelligence: Actionable Insights from Quality Data and Analytical Solutions to Achieve Strategic Research Goals 

Post-Conference | Beginning May 10

Beginning on May 10 (the week following conference) keep the networking going with multiple roundtable options. A list of options is available here.