Our Organization


A robust, national peer network of Research Development professionals that enhances competitive multi-, inter- and transdisciplinary research.


Research Development professionals support the efforts of faculty to secure extramural research funding and initiate and nurture critical partnerships throughout the institutional research enterprise, among institutions, and with external stakeholders. With the goal of enabling competitive individual and team research and facilitating research excellence, the National Organization of Research Development Professionals will develop and share best practices for attracting and managing research funding, and facilitate building and implementing collaborative services and resources that span across disciplines, and cross administrative boundaries within organizations and beyond, in order to foster multi- and interdisciplinary research excellence.

NORDP Organization and History

NORDP is organized and operated exclusively for charitable and educational purposes in accordance with section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and is incorporated in the state of Illinois. The Board of Directors is an elected body and holds elections each May.

Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, and Policies

NORDP was established in 2010 as part of a grassroots movement to build a community of Research Development professionals driven to enhance the research enterprise at their institutions. The organization grew from an informal network of individuals engaged in research development activities at universities and research institutions across the United States and is now more than 900 members strong, representing a diverse set of institutions and sectors, and including RD professionals from multiple countries from around the globe. Beginning in 2010, NORDP has held an annual conference that brings together its members and others—and from these conferences, the organization has developed new initiatives, new strategic partnerships and new forms of knowledge.