NORDP AWARDS

The National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP) is powered by the excellence and impact of its members. NORDP is committed to recognizing outstanding contributions by its member-leaders, including the practice of or generation of new knowledge about activities including but not limited to:  

  • strategic research advancement,
  • communication of research and research opportunities,
  • enhancement of research collaboration and team science, and
  • proposal development. 

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 and/or contributions of individuals, collaborative groups or work teams, programs or projects, and organizations. Recipients of NORDP Awards will be recognized during the annual NORDP Research Development Conference and beyond. 

Nominations for NORDP Awards, including self-nominations, may be submitted by any NORDP member. Current members of NORDP’s board of directors are ineligible to submit nominations (including self-nominations) unless otherwise indicated.

Award Types

Several types of NORDP Awards are available. Depending on the number and quality of nominations received, multiple awards of the same type may be made while no awards may be given in some categories in some years. Across award types, honorees will be distinguished by a body of professional service and accomplishment that enriches the organization and the research development community. 

In most cases, nominees should be recognized leaders within the NORDP community. Nominees should exemplify deep leadership commitment within the profession or field and/or throughout the broader research development community.

Examples of such commitment include, but are not limited to, the following: serving as a NORDP volunteer; chairing a committee; serving on the board of directors; representing the organization externally; advancing the practice or the field; providing exceptional leadership in a research development functional unit; supporting the career development or mentoring of members; and exemplifying the values of diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. 

Examples of activities deserving of recognition include: contributing to the career development or mentoring of others, exemplifying the values of diversity and inclusive excellence, generating new knowledge and sharing best practices to advance the practice or field of research development, providing exceptional leadership in a research development function or office, and offering outstanding service to NORDP.

While highly valued, conference workshops and presentations along with activities like those suggested above would qualify a member for recognition.

Active members, except those currently serving on the board of directors, may submit nominations for the following award types:

  • Innovation Award: Recognizes individuals, groups, or teams; functional units; or organizations who leverage unique skills or resources to kick-start innovation in research development in ways that generate evidence of promise or demonstrable results. Innovators leverage partnerships, experiment with tools and techniques, or generate and share knowledge to advance NORDP and the work of its members. A list of Innovation Award Recipients is available here.

    Eligibility: NORDP members are eligible for individual or group nomination. Current members of NORDP’s board of directors may be included as part of nominations for groups, teams, functional units, or organizations.

  • Leadership Award: This award honors a member, a group of members or a team, a research development unit, or an organization that demonstrates exceptional leadership and/or a deep commitment to volunteerism in ways that advance the profession or field of research development. A list of Leadership Award recipients is available here

    Eligibility: NORDP members are eligible for individual or group nomination. Current members of NORDP’s board of directors may be included as part of nominations for groups, teams, functional units, or organizations.

  • NORDP Fellow: This recognition honors the long-term accomplishments of members who have made sustained contributions to NORDP and worked tirelessly to advance research development as a profession and/or as a field. Status as a NORDP Fellow is the highest professional distinction the organization may bestow on a member. No more than one percent of NORDP members will be named Fellows annually. A list of NORDP Fellows is available here

    Eligibility: Individuals who have maintained an active NORDP membership for at least five consecutive years are eligible for nomination. Current members of NORDP’s board of directors are ineligible for this award.

  • Rising Star Award: This award recognizes the outstanding, early volunteer contributions to NORDP and strong potential for future contributions to the organization and the profession or the field. Rising Star recipients receive waived registration for a subsequent NORDP annual conference. A list of Rising Star Award recipients is available here

    Eligibility: NORDP members are eligible for nomination. Current and past members of NORDP’s board of directors are ineligible for this award.

Prior recipients of an individual award type are not eligible to be nominated for the same award. Individuals nominated for more than one award type will not receive multiple awards in the same year.

NORDP’s board of directors will nominate individuals for and select the recipients of two award types:

  • Holly J. Falk-Krzesinski Service Award: Named for NORDP’s founding President, this award is voted on by the board of directors and given annually to a NORDP Member in recognition of outstanding service to the organization, to the research development profession or field, and to peers. Any member in good standing is eligible for nomination. Recipients of the Holly J. Falk-Krzesinski Service Award receive waived registration for a subsequent NORDP annual conference. A list of Holly J. Falk-Krzesinski Service Award recipients is available here

  • Research Development Champion Award: HHonorees are distinguished by their advocacy for the critical role of research development and/or wider efforts to advance the research enterprise. Eligible nominees are visible external supporters of NORDP and its members; they are not required to be research development professionals or NORDP members. A list of Research Development Champion Award recipients is available here..

All members may suggest nominees for the Holly J. Falk-Krzesinski Service Award or the Research Development Champion Award to any member of NORDP’s board of directors.

Benefits of Recognition

Recipients of NORDP Awards will be honored during the annual NORDP Research Development Conference and beyond. For example, NORDP will work with awardees to highlight their work and share their stories of research development excellence and impact on the NORDP website and through social media. NORDP also will work to ensure recipients’ organizations are informed of award receipt. 

 

Awards Timeline

  • Call for nominations issued: Second Wednesday in September
  • Nomination period: September to November
  • NORDP Awards informational webinar: Final Wednesday in September
  • Nomination deadline: First Wednesday in November

Nomination Guidelines 

Nominators, including self-nominators, are encouraged to participate in the informational webinar about NORDP Awards organized in September. Incomplete nominations will not be accepted. Nominations should be assembled as a single PDF file in the order specified below. At a minimum, nominations must contain the required components:

  • Nomination letter (required): A nomination letter signed by a single nominator or two co-nominators is required. Nomination letters may be up to two 8.5 x 11” pages in length with a minimum of 1” margins and a font size of at least 11 points. Additional information about the requirements for nomination letters is included below.
  • Support letters (optional): NNominators have the option of including up to two additional support letters. Support letters may be provided by other NORDP members or individuals outside the organization (e.g., institutional colleagues, a supervisor, faculty, etc.). Support letters must be signed by a single supporter or two co-supporters and should amplify or reinforce the case for recognition made by the nominator(s). Support letters may be no more than one 8.5 x 11” page in length with a minimum of 1” margins and a font size of at least 11 points. Additional information about requirements for support letters is included below.
  • Additional evidence (optional): Up to three additional pages of supporting documentation may be included. Examples of additional evidence may include items like links to resources/products created by the nominee(s), project or program descriptions or evaluations, and other forms of recognition (e.g., thank you notes or messages). 

Nomination letters and support letters must:

  • Indicate whether the nomination is for an individual, a collaborative group or team, a program or project, or an organization.
  • Identify the nominee(s) and the recommended award type.
  • Describe the distinctive contributions and accomplishments of the nominee(s), including how these have advanced NORDP’s mission, strengthened research development practice or developed knowledge about the field, and served peers through mentorship or service.
  • Offer detailed rationale for the nomination and include specific information about why the nominee(s) is/are deserving of recognition given the purpose of the suggested award type.

Submission Process

Nomination materials should be assembled into a single PDF file, in the order specified above, and submitted via InfoReady no later than 8:00 p.m. EDT/5:00 p.m. PDT on Wednesday, November 3, 2021. Incomplete or late nominations will not be accepted.

Review and Selection Process

Nominations will be reviewed and ranked by an ad hoc team of reviewers drawn from a purposeful cross-section of NORDP members. Nominations will be assessed using three criteria:

  • Documented evidence of ongoing commitment to advancing the profession or field of research development.
  • Alignment between the distinctive accomplishments and contributions of the nominee(s) and the award purpose.
  • Evidence about the extent to which the nominee(s) has/have served or will impact NORDP, the research development profession or field, and peers in research development.

The ad hoc review team will make award recommendations about award recipients, and the board of directors will approve the final selections. Nominations for NORDP Awards will be rated using the scoring rubric established for each award type. These rubrics are included within the Appendices.

Additional Information

For additional information about NORDP Awards, please contact [email protected]

 

Appendix 1: Scoring Rubric - Innovation Award

SCORING RUBRIC – INNOVATION AWARD

Purpose: NORDP’s Innovation Award recognizes individuals, groups, or teams; functional units; or organizations who leverage unique skills or resources to kick-start innovation in research development and advance the profession or the field in ways that generate evidence of promise or demonstrable results. Innovators leverage partnerships, experiment with tools and techniques, or generate and share knowledge to advance NORDP and the work of its members.

SCORE

SELECTION CRITERIA

Documented evidence of ongoing commitment to advancing the profession or field of research development.

Alignment between the distinctive accomplishments of the nominee(s) and the purpose of the Innovation Award.

Evidence about the extent to which the nominee(s) has/have served or will impact NORDP, the research development profession or field, and peers in research development.

0

The nomination contains no evidence of ongoing commitment to advancing the professional or field of research development.

The nomination contains no evidence of alignment between the distinctive accomplishments of the nominee(s) and the purpose of the Innovation Award.

The nomination contains no evidence about the extent to which the nominee(s) has/have served or will impact NORDP, the research development profession or field, and peers in research development.

1

The nomination contains little evidence of ongoing commitment to advancing the professional or field of research development.

The nomination contains little evidence of alignment between the distinctive accomplishments of the nominee(s) and the purpose of the Innovation Award.

The nomination contains little evidence about the extent to which the nominee(s) has/have served or will impact NORDP, the research development profession or field, and peers in research development.

2

The nomination contains moderate evidence of ongoing commitment to advancing the professional or field of research development.

The nomination contains moderate evidence of alignment between the distinctive accomplishments of the nominee(s) and the purpose of the Innovation Award.

The nomination contains moderate evidence about the extent to which the nominee(s) has/have served or will impact NORDP, the research development profession or field, and peers in research development.

3

The nomination contains considerable evidence of ongoing commitment to advancing the professional or field of research development.

The nomination contains considerable evidence of alignment between the distinctive accomplishments of the nominee(s) and the purpose of the Innovation Award.

The nomination contains considerable evidence about the extent to which the nominee(s) has/have served or will impact NORDP, the research development profession or field, and peers in research development.


Appendix 2: Scoring Rubric - Leadership Award

SCORING RUBRIC – LEADERSHIP AWARD

Purpose: NORDP’s Leadership Award honors a member, a group of members or a team, a research development unit, or an organization that demonstrates exceptional leadership and/or a deep commitment to volunteerism in ways that advance the profession or field of research development.

SCORE

SELECTION CRITERIA

Documented evidence of ongoing commitment to advancing the profession or field of research development.

Alignment between the distinctive accomplishments of the nominee(s) and the purpose of the Leadership Award.

Evidence about the extent to which the nominee(s) has/have served or will impact NORDP, the research development profession or field, and peers in research development.

0

The nomination contains no evidence of ongoing commitment to advancing the professional or field of research development.

The nomination contains no evidence of alignment between the distinctive accomplishments of the nominee(s) and the purpose of the Leadership Award.

The nomination contains no evidence about the extent to which the nominee(s) has/have served or will impact NORDP, the research development profession or field, and peers in research development.

1

The nomination contains little evidence of ongoing commitment to advancing the professional or field of research development.

The nomination contains little evidence of alignment between the distinctive accomplishments of the nominee(s) and the purpose of the Leadership Award.

The nomination contains little evidence about the extent to which the nominee(s) has/have served or will impact NORDP, the research development profession or field, and peers in research development.

2

The nomination contains moderate evidence of ongoing commitment to advancing the professional or field of research development.

The nomination contains moderate evidence of alignment between the distinctive accomplishments of the nominee(s) and the purpose of the Leadership Award.

The nomination contains moderate evidence about the extent to which the nominee(s) has/have served or will impact NORDP, the research development profession or field, and peers in research development.

3

The nomination contains considerable evidence of ongoing commitment to advancing the professional or field of research development.

The nomination contains considerable evidence of alignment between the distinctive accomplishments of the nominee(s) and the purpose of the Leadership Award.

The nomination contains considerable evidence about the extent to which the nominee(s) has/have served or will impact NORDP, the research development profession or field, and peers in research development.

 


Appendix 3: Scoring Rubric - NORDP Fellow

SCORING RUBRIC – NORDP Fellow

Purpose: Designation as a NORDP Fellow is made to recognize the long-term accomplishments of members who have made sustained contributions to NORDP and worked tirelessly to advance research development as a profession and/or as a field. Status as a NORDP Fellow is the highest professional distinction the organization may bestow on a member.

SCORE

SELECTION CRITERIA

Documented evidence of ongoing commitment to advancing the profession or field of research development.

Alignment between the distinctive accomplishments of the nominee and the purpose of the NORDP Fellow designation.

Evidence about the extent to which the nominee has served or will impact NORDP, the research development profession or field, and peers in research development.

0

The nomination contains no evidence of ongoing commitment to advancing the professional or field of research development.

The nomination contains no evidence of alignment between the distinctive accomplishments of the nominee and the purpose of the NORDP Fellow designation.

The nomination contains no evidence about the extent to which the nominee has served or will impact NORDP, the research development profession or field, and peers in research development.

1

The nomination contains little evidence of ongoing commitment to advancing the professional or field of research development.

The nomination contains little evidence of alignment between the distinctive accomplishments of the nominee and the purpose of the NORDP Fellow designation.

The nomination contains little evidence about the extent to which the nominee has served or will impact NORDP, the research development profession or field, and peers in research development.

2

The nomination contains moderate evidence of ongoing commitment to advancing the professional or field of research development.

The nomination contains moderate evidence of alignment between the distinctive accomplishments of the nominee and the purpose of the NORDP Fellow designation.

The nomination contains moderate evidence about the extent to which the nominee has served or will impact NORDP, the research development profession or field, and peers in research development.

3

The nomination contains considerable evidence of ongoing commitment to advancing the professional or field of research development.

The nomination contains considerable evidence of alignment between the distinctive accomplishments of the nominee and the purpose of the NORDP Fellow designation.

The nomination contains considerable evidence about the extent to which the nominee has served or will impact NORDP, the research development profession or field, and peers in research development.

 


Appendix 4: Scoring Rubric - Rising Star

SCORING RUBRIC – RISING STAR AWARD

Purpose: The Rising Star Award is bestowed in recognition of outstanding, early volunteer contributions to NORDP and strong potential for future contributions to the organization and the profession or the field.

SCORE

SELECTION CRITERIA

Documented evidence of ongoing commitment to advancing the profession or field of research development.

Alignment between the distinctive accomplishments of the nominee(s) and the purpose of the Rising Star Award.

Evidence about the extent to which the nominee(s) has/have served or will impact NORDP, the research development profession or field, and peers in research development.

0

The nomination contains no evidence of ongoing commitment to advancing the professional or field of research development.

The nomination contains no evidence of alignment between the distinctive accomplishments of the nominee(s) and the purpose of the Rising Star Award.

The nomination contains no evidence about the extent to which the nominee(s) has/have served or will impact NORDP, the research development profession or field, and peers in research development.

1

The nomination contains little evidence of ongoing commitment to advancing the professional or field of research development.

The nomination contains little evidence of alignment between the distinctive accomplishments of the nominee(s) and the purpose of the Rising Star Award.

The nomination contains little evidence about the extent to which the nominee(s) has/have served or will impact NORDP, the research development profession or field, and peers in research development.

2

The nomination contains moderate evidence of ongoing commitment to advancing the professional or field of research development.

The nomination contains moderate evidence of alignment between the distinctive accomplishments of the nominee(s) and the purpose of the Rising Star Award.

The nomination contains moderate evidence about the extent to which the nominee(s) has/have served or will impact NORDP, the research development profession or field, and peers in research development.

3

The nomination contains considerable evidence of ongoing commitment to advancing the professional or field of research development.

The nomination contains considerable evidence of alignment between the distinctive accomplishments of the nominee(s) and the purpose of the Rising Star Award.

The nomination contains considerable evidence about the extent to which the nominee(s) has/have served or will impact NORDP, the research development profession or field, and peers in research development.