Applications Open for NORDP 2018 Conference Attendance Grants

We are now accepting applications for Conference Attendance Grants for the 2018 Annual Research Development Conference for those in need of financial support beyond what their institutions or organizations will provide. Conference Attendance Grants will waive the conference registration fee and may provide 1, 2 or 3 nights hotel accommodations. Regular Members are eligible to apply.

Conference Attendance Awards are not available to current and prior NORDP Board of Directors members, Affiliate Members, or consultants. PLEASE DO NOT REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE UNTIL YOU ARE NOTIFIED OF THE STATUS OF YOUR ATTENDANCE GRANT AWARD!

In keeping with NORDP’s goals to enhance membership and encourage diversity, members who are new to NORDP (defined as within the last two years), attending their first Annual Conference, or from a Minority Serving Institution are strongly encouraged to apply. This year, the Board of Directors has prioritized and allocated additional funds to support conference participation for members from underrepresented ethnic or racial minorities.

Conference Attendance Grants do not fully cover all costs of attending the Annual Conference. Efforts must be made by applicants to secure some funding either through their institutions or personally, to cover a significant portion of the costs to attend the conference.

Grant recipients are expected to volunteer at the conference in May and serve on a NORDP committee or subcommittee following the 2018 Conference.

Apply HERE by 8pm EST on Wednesday, February 21, 2018.

We hope to see you at the Conference, which will be held May 7-9, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, VA. Follow @NORDP_official on Twitter for all the latest #NORDP2018 updates.

NORDP fosters a culture of inclusive excellence by actively promoting and supporting diversity, inclusion and equity in all its forms to expand our worldview, enrich our work, and elevate our profession.

Some NORDP Conference Housekeeping


As you’ve no doubt seen, registration has opened for the 10th Annual Research Development Conference, to be held May 7-9 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, VA. While the schedule isn’t set yet, I can assure you we’re going to have a fantastic lineup of top-quality speakers and you won’t want to miss this year’s meeting. You can register (and also reserve a room at the conference hotel) on the NORDP website.

If you are planning to join us in Arlington, one of the things you might want to do in your conference downtime (or if you’re planning to extend your stay in our nation’s capital) is to visit the newest Smithsonian museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which was still under construction the last time NORDP was in the DC area. Visiting NMAAHC requires a timed entry pass. While a limited number of same-day passes become available each afternoon, your best bet for a pass is the monthly lottery. Passes for May will become available beginning at 9 a.m. this Wednesday, February 7. Passes are free, and are only good for a single visit. If you can’t make your visit, you can give your pass to someone else, or you can attempt to exchange it for another date. The passes go very quickly once they become available, so book early!

I hope to see you in Arlington in May!

Michael Spires
NORDP President

Announcing 2018 NORD Initiative

We are pleased to announce the launch of the 2018 NORD Initiative (Cycle 1) competition. Please feel free to distribute this information to any / all who may interested in this opportunity.

  • Internal Submission Deadline: Monday, March 12, 2018
  • Award Cycle: 2018 NORD Award 4/1/2018 – 3/31/2019
  • Discipline/Subject Area: NORD/InfoReady Research Grants in Research Development
  • Funding Available: 4,500.00
  • Description: NORDP’s New Opportunities in Research Development (NORD) Initiative and InfoReady are pleased to announce the inaugural competition for the NORD/InfoReady Research Grants in Research Development. Our goal in sponsoring this effort is to begin to establish research development as a field of scholarly inquiry. The NORD/InfoReady Research Grants in Research Development Program is open to all interested researchers, whether or not they are also NORDP members. Cycle 1 proposals will be accepted until the application deadline of 5:00 p.m. Eastern time on Monday, March 12, 2018. A non-exhaustive list of topics and research areas of interest to NORD are addressed in the program guidelines: 2018 NORD RFP. NORD expects to award 3 projects per cycle in 2018 (cycle 2 will have a November 2018 deadline, see the program guidelines).

We thank the InfoReady Corporation for sponsoring these awards.

View competition

NORDP 2018 Registration Open

Register for the NORDP Annual Research Development Conference
May 7 – 9, 2018, in Arlington, Virginia

The Early Bird deadline ends on March 16, 2018


The 10th Annual NORDP Research Development Conference will be held May 7-9, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City at Reagan National Airport in Arlington, Virginia (Washington, D.C. metro area).

Take advantage of our special discounted conference rate, book your room now with this NORDP-specific hotel reservation link.

Pre-Conference Workshop Topics

  • Enhancing Effectiveness of Collaborative Teams by Engaging Individual Motivation
  • Ready…Set…Go!  Taking the Research Development Professional to the Next Level through Effective Mentoring
  • Strengthening Capacity for Diverse Research Teams through Research Development
  • Understanding the Name of the Game: Inside an National Science Foundation (NSF) Panel Review
  • Large Proposals 101

Find out more about the 2018 NORDP conference…

Stay Connected!

Follow @NORDP_official on Twitter for all the latest conference updates, including featured speaker confirmations, exciting topics to be discussed, and more.


Conference Attendance Grants for NORDP Members

As in previous years, we are offering Conference Attendance Grants to members. Click here for more information or to apply.

Have questions? Contact Jan Abramson, Member Services Committee.

NORDP fosters a culture of inclusive excellence by actively promoting and supporting diversity, inclusion and equity in all its forms to expand our worldview, enrich our work, and elevate our profession.