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NORDP's Virtual Research Development Conference

Program Schedule

Plenary Session: 

members-Only: Q&A with Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy  

Thursday, July 9 - 3:30 PM EDT | Register here. Submit questions here by July 3. (Plenary video is available here.)

Virtual Posters and Lightning Talks 

Thursday, July 30 at 3:00 PM EDT

The Grant Development Efficiency Model (GDEM): A Conceptual Framework for Complex Grant Proposal Development to Enhance Efficiency and Improve Funding Outcomes | Nicole L. Crowell, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
21st Century Librarianship: Prime Skills for Research Development Professionals | Ryan Champagne, University of Pittsburgh\
Mentoring Committee's Peer Mentoring Groups: Building Support Networks in Research Development | Katie Howard, Appalachian State University; Sharon Pound, University of Tennessee Knoxville

Prioritizing Funding Outreach by Building a Metrics-Based Funding Development Cohort | David Widmer & Lisa Preziosi, Memorial Sloan Kettering
The SU RD Team: A Case Study of Intra-University Research Development Collaboration | Christina Leign Docteur, Chetna Chianese, Amy Dumas, Jill Ferguson, Yoanna Ferrera, Meghan Macblane, Melissa Whipps, Sarah Workman & Corrine Zoli, Syracuse University 
Scientific Editors Network: Promoting Synergy Among Research Development Professionals Who Improve Science One Word at a Time | Deborah Frank, Washington University in St. Louis; Christine Blaumueller, University of Iowa; Meagan Ramsey, University of Michigan
Growing RD Capacity: Training Research Administrators in Proposal Editing | Melissa Li, University of Michigan
Grant Opportunity Support: Finding Funding Opportunities and Seeking Experts | Eleonora Palmaro & Jill Konieczko, Elsevier
The Modern Institutional Repository: Magnify the Visibility & Impact of Your Institution's Scholarship | Mariam Willis, Elsevier; Greg Seymour, Bepress
A Cohort Approach to Providing Proposal Development Services | Danielle Matsushima, Columbia University
NORDP Professional Development (PD) Committee | Becca Latimer, University of Virginia; Melinda L. Boehm, UC-Merced; Josh Roney, University of Central Florida; Erin Christian, University of Alaska
NORDP Member Services Committee (MSC) | Sarah Messbauer, UC-Davis; Missy Jenkins, Texas Tech University


Nurturing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion through Our RD Roles | Gretchen Kiser, UC-San Francisco; Barbara Sasso, University of the Pacific; Jennifer Glass, Eastern Michigan University; Miquella (Kelly) Chavez Rose, Burroughs Wellcome Fund; Barbara Walker, UC-Santa Barbara; Vanity Campbell, UC-Agriculture and Natural Resources; Jocelyn Stitt, University of Michigan; Melanie Steiner-Sherwood, University of Utah; Ines Tomas Pereira, Brown University; Crystal Botham, Stanford University; Kellie Dyslin, Northern Illinois University
Using Social Network Analysis in Research Development | Sarah Archibald, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Strategies for Faculty Development in a Non-Degree Granting Institution | Dorothy E. Lewis, Colleen Williams & Rebecca Hall, Houston Methodist Academic Institute
The Agony and the Ecstasy: Helping Faculty Connect with Program Officer | Conrad Monson & Kristen Kellems, Brigham Young University
Advocating for Research and Scholarship | Gretchen Kiser, UC-San Francisco
Strategies for Seeking Non-governmental Funding for Basic Science Research | Eleonora Palmaro, Elsevier
Finding the right FOA can be a "game-changer"...What's next? | Anindita Mukherjee, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
BAA to RFP: Strengthening Institutional Research through Long Term Commitment | Anindita Mukherjee, Albert Einstein College of Medicine  
The Added Value of Third-Party Evaluation Partners | Kimberle Kelly & Erin Burr, Oak Ridge Associated Universities; Theresa Murphy, Richard Coffin & Isah Juranek, Texas A&M University 

July Sessions:


Wednesday, July 15 at 12 PM EDT 

The rate of internationalization of research has recently been growing rapidly and will continue to do so in the future. Currently, one out of five scientific papers are co-authored internationally. International partnerships can help an institution raise its international profile and reputation and attract funding for research from domestic and foreign sources. It naturally induces diverse ways of thinking which results in great scientific and creative breakthroughs (e.g. Large Hadron Collider,  Switzerland). It can be useful in building a more diverse student body and can promote greater mobility for staff and students. These partnerships can positively impact curriculum development, advance institutional research networks. If properly done international partnerships can be excellent long-term investments for the research portfolios of students, faculty, and institutions. So, what does this mean for a university research development office (and which on-campus partnerships do you need to develop)? How can these partnerships be developed professionally? What are some good practices for establishing, implementing, maintaining, studying, and evaluating international collaborations? How can we make them successful and sustainable? 

Join NORDP Past President and Moderator, Karen Eck, Old Dominion University, and a special panel of RD professionals experienced in international research projects. Panelists include: Rebecca Keiser, National Science Foundation; Jacob Levin, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Kim Patten, University of Arizona; and John Tsapogas, City University of New York.  


Monday, July 20 at 2:00 PM EDT 

Your mid- to senior- level PIs are ready for large collaborative and multidisciplinary grants, now what? Perhaps you have supported these proposals in the past and struggled with challenges such as lack of engagement, turf wars and missed deadlines or, your institution is ramping up its research efforts and now looking at these awards as a next step and you want to be prepared to support them. Our session will arm you with real-world and evidence-based strategies you can implement immediately with PIs who are interested in collaborative grant funding. Presenters: Sarah Ott, Hanover Research; Sandra Holden, Stanford University School of Medicine; Babette Heyer, Stanford Cancer Institute 

spy networks and scholarship: work with your library to gather intel and win at research development

Tuesday, July 21 at 12 PM EDT

James Bond had Q. Your campus PIs have you. And if you also tap into the power of your library, they will also have a host of tools, services, and people who will work for their cause. This session focuses on libraries as strategic partners in Research Development and offers ideas to build connections and access information in support of scholarship and innovation. (The “Q” branch was the fictional research and development division of the British Secret Service.) Presenters: Rebecca Bryant, OCLC Research; Jeff Agnoli, The Ohio State University

uncomfortable communications - pushing ourselves and our faculty outside the zone of comfort

Thursday, July 30 at 1 PM EDT

This presentation builds upon previous NORDP presentations on the use of social media to promote RD offices. If you are relatively new to RD, NORDP and social media, you will learn about how to not only promote your RD offices on social media, but how to establish yourself as a real life RD expert. You will also learn how to use social media for outreach at the institutional level. Finally, you will learn about useful tips and tricks to assist your faculty increase their social media presence to help build productive collaborations. Presenters: Samarpita Sengupta, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, and Jessica Brassard, Michigan Technological University.

August Sessions:


Monday, August 24 at 2:30 PM EDT

Many Research Development (RD) professionals face heavy workload and deadline pressures, resulting in a high risk of burnout. To tackle these challenges, RD professionals can “right-size” the scope of their work by strategically re-designing their work to improve sustainability (i.e. reduce burnout risk) while maintaining or improving their satisfaction and effectiveness. We represent an RD office that began a comprehensive “right-scoping” effort in 2018 using an iterative, data-driven process-improvement approach. We are now applying lessons learned and creating materials to improve office sustainability and enhance staff on-boarding and professional development.

Through a combination of pre-work, real-time presentation and interaction, and post-work, we will use the framework and resources of our right-scoping process to guide participants through crucial steps for reconsidering their own work.  Attendees will create their own paths forward to address their individual situations, identifying their challenges and goals, important partners, sharable knowledge, key work processes, and next steps toward more sustainable RD work. This online event will be relevant to NORDP members of all career levels and at all institution types who find themselves wanting to formally reconsider how they carry out their RD responsibilities. 

September Sessions:

Scientists in research development: turning ideas into compelling proposals

Tuesday, September 1 at 12 PM EDT

Research development (RD) professionals with scientific training can improve faculty members’ grant proposals by providing their unique perspectives. We will describe some of the ways in which we use our scientific training to help investigators at the earliest stages of planning their grant proposals. Our goal is to focus on four areas: facilitating technical discussions within diverse faculty teams to develop coherent concepts, strengthening the research approach and highlighting its significance, enhancing broader impacts and community engagement plans, and improving trainee and early career faculty professional development plans. This presentation is intended for new research development professionals with science backgrounds to learn how they can best apply their previous training to their new role and RD managers to learn how RD professionals with a scientific background can use their scientific training to enhance the success of their teams and the faculty they serve. Presenters: Justin Flory, Arizona State University; Deborah Frank, Washington University in St. Louis; Jessica Moon, The University of Arizona; Samarpita Sengupta, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. 

rd for education: a discussion of the unique needs of research in education and how rd professionals can respond

Wednesday, September 16 at 2:00 PM EDT

The goal of this session is to share strategies for effectively advancing education research.  Research involving schools and students offers a unique set of challenges that are often not reflected in discussion involving biomedical or STEM proposals. We anticipate that participants will learn about funding priorities and procedures for major education research funders such as the U.S. Department of Education, the Institute of Education Sciences, the William T. Grant Foundation, and the Spencer Foundation; as well as specific tactics for developing partnerships with school districts, teachers, and other key stakeholders in education research. Participants will discuss how to effectively manage research development portfolios that are broader than they are deep, with funding coming from a number of different sponsors. This session will focus on skills development for research development professionals engaged in education research, with participants learning and refining strategies that they can apply in their work.

Presenters will prepare an outline of common issues and invite participants to share their own experiences and solutions to these challenges.  In addition, they will guide discussion of major education research funders and combine feedback into a take-away document that participants can use to inform their later work with these funders.  Several sessions at past NORDP conferences have presented case studies of research development work at individual colleges of education, but this session will represent the first interactive discussion of strategies and tactics. Presenters include: Jeannie Wilson, Arizona State University; Ellen Freeman, University of Minnesota Twin Cities; Elizabeth O'Callaghan, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Stephanie Hensel, University of Michigan. 

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Conference Co-chairs

Jill Jividen
Jenna McGuire 
2020 Conference Co-chairs
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