Upcoming NORDP Events


science in service to national security

Thursday, April 2, 2020 | 1:30 PM (EDT)

Presenter: Valerie Browning, Director of DARPA's Defense of Sciences Office (DSO)

Dr. Valerie Browning will provide an overview of the DARPA mission and discuss the ecosystem DARPA, and particularly the Defense Sciences Office, seeks to foster to create science-based transformational change and innovative technologies. This ecosystem includes academic, corporate, and governmental partners. The presentation will explore the current national security threat landscape as well as global trends that are shaping DARPA and DSO investments today. An overview of the current DSO portfolio, including thrust areas and recent program announcements, will be presented along with exemplar areas of interest for potential future DSO investments. Dr. Browning will also provide insights regarding opportunities for the academic community to approach and engage DARPA and DSO Program Managers with ideas and concepts that address current and/or anticipated future national security challenges.


Chat about research development support going virtual

Friday, April 3, 2020 | 2-3 PM (EDT)

Presenters: Susan Gomes, Harvard University; Faye Farmer, Arizona State University; Susan Carter, Santa Fe Institute; Jennifer Glass, Eastern Michigan University; Susan Ferrari, Grinnell College; Kate Bullard, Lehigh University. Moderator: Becca Latimer, University of Virginia
As many institutions are currently facing transitions to a partial or full virtual work context for the time being, it would be helpful to hear how support units at other institutions are handling such challenges. Please join us for an informal chat with colleagues at several types of institutions regarding challenges, opportunities, teamwork, resources, and supporting faculty.




Supporting Established Faculty: How can research development professionals help faculty with established careers "jumpstart" their research?

Monday, April 20, 2020 | 2-3 PM (EDT) 

Presenters: Susan Carter, Santa Fe Institute; Julia Guadinski, San Jose State University; Nathan Meier, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Kendra Mingo, University of Idaho

Interested in learning how to better deploy your research development (RD) skills across the faculty lifecycle? An April 20 webinar hosted by NORDP will focus on approaches for engaging and supporting established researchers.

Post-tenure faculty or equivalent-rank investigators represent at least half of the faculty population at most higher education institutions and research organizations. Yet, the focus of most RD resources, supports, and literature is on helping pre-tenure faculty jumpstart their careers or assisting teams in the capture of large-scale, collaborative funding. There is less emphasis on the unique RD needs of individual investigators at mid-career and beyond who want to pursue independent research projects—especially those who struggle to maintain research momentum or already have stalled out. RD professionals can help these faculty stay in or return to the research game and compete for extramural funding.

Webinar presenters will explore some universal challenges facing established investigators across institutional contexts and those research barriers specific to certain types of institutions (e.g., private research institutes, small PUIs, large PUIs, and R1s). Presenters will share a range of faculty development mechanisms and RD strategies that can help motivate post-tenure faculty to carve out time for research, find collaborators, obtain seed funding, change research direction, and be more strategic in the pursuit of external support. Participants will gain new insights; learn about practical, proven strategies; and gain access to an online resource library. 






12th Annual NORDP Conference

May 17-21, 2020 • Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa, San Antonio, TX • Details


NORDP SW Regional Meeting

May 20, 2020 • 8:30am - 11:30am •University of Texas at San Antonio • Register