2016 Conference Cameo: Martha Payne

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This week’s Conference Cameo feature comes to us from a first-time Conference attendee who’s new to the field of research development. Whether you’re new to the field of RD or just new to NORDP, the Conference offers opportunities to network with a larger group of RD experts than you’ll find anywhere else. We hope to see you there!


Who: Martha E. Payne, Ph.D., R.D., M.P.H.PayneM2011-08resize
Where: Duke University School of Medicine
Number of years in research development: New to the field, 25 years in research
Length of NORDP membership: New Member
Number of NORDP conferences attended: 0

After working as a faculty researcher for 25 years in the areas of nutrition, neuroimaging and psychiatry, I joined our Office of Research Development on Jan. 1, 2016. I was ready for a broader scope in my career, so I actively sought out this opportunity. I am especially thrilled at the variety of work involved in research development, the problem-solving that is required, and the opportunity to help investigators to maximize their chances of success.

Duke’s Office of Research Development provides services to help ensure submission of high-quality grant applications, especially large complex grants. Services include advice and guidance, project management, template preparation, and editing and integration of the application.

As a faculty researcher, I experienced first-hand the benefits that are delivered daily by the professional research development staff at Duke. For example, I attended a number of grant-writing workshops and general writing classes, which helped me to clarify the “message” for my grants’ reviewers. I also participated in mentoring programs, which provided guidance through the development of several grant applications and helped me to see my research from an outsider’s viewpoint.

I believe my multidisciplinary experience will provide familiarity with many relevant disciplines and, more importantly, allow me to understand investigators’ needs as they develop an interdisciplinary research project or one that aims to incorporate multiple areas of research. Having worked at all levels of research, from that of a research technician to laboratory manager to associate professor, I can offer a unique viewpoint to guide development of a proposal from the perspective of multiple members of the research team. My institutional knowledge also gives me a familiarity with many of Duke’s leaders and scientists, institutional procedures, and research support offices that are critical to a successful grant submission.

This will be my first NORDP conference, which was highly recommended by my supervisor, Dr. Joanna Downer. I especially look forward to the professional networking and career development opportunities that the conference affords. I expect that my attendance at NORDP will help me make a positive impact on the success of researchers across the Duke University School of Medicine.


We hope to see you at the 2016 NORDP Research Development Conference, which will be held May 23-25 in Orlando, FL. For more information about the conference program or to register, visit http://www.nordp.org/conferences. Follow @NORDP_official on Twitter for all the latest 2016 Conference updates.

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