Our Organization


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


The mission of NORDP is to advance the global capacity for and impact of research by strengthening the practice and profession of research development.

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 1,000 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.