NORDP 2015 Conference Cameos: Vanity Campbell

Who: Vanity Campbell, Senior Research Development Officer
Where: 
University of California, Merced
Number of years in research development:

Length of NORDP membership:

Number of NORDP conferences attended:
1

At the University of California, Merced, I support the research efforts of investigators, research teams, and university leadership. The wealth of research ongoing at this new research university has inspired a broadening of my scope of research experience from clinical to areas of engineering, basic science, and social sciences, coordinating proposals for industry and investigator initiated projects. My role ensures the competitiveness of securing and maintaining funding in this changing research funding environment. As a research development professional, it is most rewarding for me to contribute to supporting an array of innovative research projects and programs and the growth of a thriving new university.

NORDP attracts a number of professionals dedicated to providing research development support to institutions across the country. The organization’s annual conference provides a platform and strong network for building upon my professional growth. The past annual NORDP conference was a resource for meeting several needs, including presentation of federal funding trends, strategies focused on institutional competitiveness, RD office structure, and best business practices, as well as the opportunity to share experiences with others in the field. I look forward to attending the 2015 NORDP conference both as an attendee and Idea Showcase/Poster presenter. The Red-Team review pre-conference workshop, various breakout and roundtable sessions, and the conference featured speakers are of immense interest to me. I encourage others to join me in visiting Bethesda, MD, for this year’s engaging conference. Maximize your conference attendance by planning to attend activities such as the networking dinner opportunity, poster showcase, and breakout and roundtable sessions to meet and connect with other attendees.

We hope to see you at the 2015 NORDP Research Development Conference, which will be held April 29 to May 1 in Bethesda, MD. For more information or to register, visit 
http://www.nordp.org/conferences.

 

NORDP 2015 Conference Cameos: Bob MacDonald

Who: Bob MacDonald, Coordinator for Partnerships and Grants
Where: Agricultural Research Service, United States Department of Agriculture
Number of years in research development: 5
Length of NORDP membership: 5
Number of NORDP conferences attended: 5
I was hired by the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) in December, 2010, as its first Coordinator for Partnerships and Grants. My charge was simple but broad – to help ARS scientists to be more successful in obtaining soft funding. I had previously been with a Federal granting agency for 17 years, so I was very knowledgeable about Federal grant programs and grantsmanship – but this assignment was broader and, as I came to find out, very closely aligned with the emerging field of research development. I was both thrilled and anxious about my new task of helping ARS’ 2,000 scientists located in 90 locations across the nation. One of the first things I did was to visit several universities to learn what they did. I quickly ran into Ken Gertz, Associate Vice President for Research Development at the University of Maryland and one of the NORDP’s founders. He told me about NORDP, and I quickly joined and started attending the meetings.

What I learned at NORDP annual meetings was indispensable to my standing up a successful research development program at ARS – even though there are significant differences between universities and ARS, a Federal agency with units dispersed across the country. I learned what works and what does not work, could discuss strategies and programs with the wonderful members of NORDP, find and vet the tools and contracted support I needed, as well as be part of an exciting, growing organization of fantastic people. And the annual meetings are where this really takes place. The sharing of experiences, best practices, and hallway conversations are invaluable – as of course are the dinners out together! Today, in large part thanks to the shared experience of NORDP, I have a program that my scientists (who, like most scientists, are not fans of administration) love and avidly support.
The 2015 NORDP Research Development Conference will be held April 29 to May 1 in Bethesda, MD. For more information or to register, visit http://www.nordp.org/conferences.

 

NORDP 2015 Conference Cameo: Ashton Waite

 Meet our NORDP Conference  Attendees!
Who:  Ashton Waite, Proposal Development Coordinator
WhereUniversity of Nebraska-Lincoln
Number of years in research development: 3.5 years
Length of NORDP membership: 3 years
Number of NORDP conferences attended: 1
 Like many research development professionals, I never planned for such a career. Rather, I stumbled into the field when I discovered that picking a career didn’t require me to choose between my equal affection for English and organismal biology. Working as a proposal development coordinator at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln  (UNL) has allowed me to leverage my dual background in the humanities and sciences – each day I edit, write, and read about some form of scientific research.

My position aligns well with NORDP’s mission, as my work primarily involves partnering with faculty and extramural partners to facilitate the development of external grant proposals, with the goal of enhancing the quality and competitiveness of proposals submitted by UNL grant applicants. I joined NORDP within a year of entering the field and attended my first conference in 2013 in Austin, Texas. Because acquiring research funding is extremely competitive, I was impressed by members’ warm collegiality and willingness to share their knowledge. As one of the newer members in the profession, I have benefited greatly from other members’ shared experiences. At the 2015 conference in Bethesda, Maryland, I will be leading a roundtable discussion focused on considering the value of internal and external expert review of grant proposals. I consider myself somewhat of a knowledge-gatherer and enjoy learning from others, so I look forward to meeting other attendees and hearing about their best practices for evaluating proposal development services and coordinating proposal development for large-scale teams. To maximize your time at the conference, I recommend availing yourself of as many networking opportunities as possible. Start a conversation with the person next to you, join a group for the networking dinner, and attend a working group/committee meeting to learn more about getting involved with NORDP. See you in Bethesda!  

Conference Cameos Coming Soon!

Beginning March 18, 2015, we’ll be featuring a weekly series of “conference cameos.” Published each Wednesday from March 18 to April 22, the conference cameos will feature six representative NORDP members who will share – in their own words – thoughts about the benefits of and tips and tricks for for attending the 7th annual research development conference, April 29 to May 1 in Bethesda, MD.

This cross-section of NORDP members will talk about the many ways a range of research development professionals approach the NORDP conference – as well as practical suggestions for maximizing your professional development and networking opportunities at our organization’s annual meeting.

Cameos are being developed by a range of individuals with various research development responsibilities and organizational affiliations. The inaugural cameo will feature Ashton Waite, a proposal development coordinator in the Office of Proposal Development at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Be sure to watch for the first conference cameo, which will be published on Wednesday, March 18!

New Dispatch from 20 North Wacker: Research Development as a Field

If you’re reading this blog, you probably know what research development professionals do: organize faculty and other researchers, help find funding for them, translate federal-agency speak, serve as the ‘glue’ for research proposal development teams, assess institutional strengths, mentor young faculty as they learn to write grants…But have you ever stopped to wonder what research development IS? NORDP President David Stone makes the case for research development as an emerging intellectual discipline–and what that means for us as professionals in the field. Read more in his latest Dispatch from 20 North Wacker. This essay is special content for members only. Intrigued? Join NORDP today!

NORDP Webinar: Meeting with Federal Officials to Achieve Research Development Goals

NORDP members: join us for a new webinar, Meeting with Federal Officials to Achieve Research Development Goals

Presenter:   David Trinkle, Ph.D.
Director, Berkeley Research Development Office
University of California, Berkeley
Date:          Thursday, January 29, 2015
Time:          2:00-3:00 p.m. EST
This webinar provides insights and tools for interacting with federal officials. Topics will include why, how, and when you might consider talking to agency appointees and program managers, Members of Congress and their staff, or White House officials. Dr. Trinkle will discuss how to think about bringing campus administration officials and faculty with you, as well as how to work with your government relations colleagues. Finally, he will provide some insights on how to prepare for the visits, and how to conduct them. It’s at no cost to NORDP members. Not a member? Join now!

David Trinkle is the Director of the Berkeley Research Development Office, where he coordinates an experienced staff of research development professionals. Drawing on nearly 20 years of experience with federal research agencies and 7 years with UC Berkeley, David also advises the Vice Chancellor for Research, deans, and faculty on federal funding opportunities and strategy. While at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) from 2000 to 2007, he was responsible for budget development and related policy issues for NSF and other federal research agencies. He monitors federal research funding and policy issues and maintains contacts in key research agencies and White House offices. He is also a member of the National Science Foundation’s Business and Operations Advisory Committee. David has a Ph.D. in Policy Analysis and degrees in Electrical Engineering and Systems Engineering. To register for this webinar, please click here

If you have any questions, please contact:

Ioannis Konstantinidis, OPD Lead
ioannis@konstantinidis.info
832-512-0348

 

Welcoming new members – and how you can help

As part of a new initiative to welcome new members to NORDP and promote networking and collaboration among new and old NORDP members, the Membership Committee is setting up a process whereby a regional representative will contact new members shortly after they join to welcome them to NORDP, answer any of their questions about the organization, and encourage them to attend the annual conference. Representatives can also encourage new members to fill out a full website profile and familiarize them with the available website resources (job notices, lists of program evaluators/consultants, NORDP numbers survey). These representatives will act as ambassadors at the NORDP annual meeting to help new members meet others and connect with the organization more broadly.  As such, NORDP is asking for volunteers for four of the remaining open regions (see below).  Please Ann McGuigan, Committee Chairperson, at amcguigan@email.arizona.edu if you are interested in serving as a regional representative or if you have questions about this initiative.. And if you are in a region that currently has a Regional Liaison and would like to assist in these activities, please contact the Regional Liaison for your region: they will definitely welcome your help!

Region I (Northeast)  – Regional Representative: Peg Atkisson, Grant Writers Seminars and Workshops,

Domestic: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont. International: Quebec, Ontario.

Region II (Atlantic) – Open

Domestic: Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, D.C., Virginia. International: Europe, Africa, Western Russia, China and countries west & south of China.

Region III (Southeast) – Regional Representative: Barb Duncan, University of Kentucky

Domestic: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virgin Islands, West Virginia.  International: South America.

Region IV (Great Lakes) – Regional Representative:  Jennifer Woods, University of Chicago

Domestic. Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin. International: Mexico, Manitoba.

Region V (Midwest/Mountain) – Open 

Domestic: Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nevada, Colorado, Utah. International: Alberta, Saskatchewan.

Region VI (Southwestern) – Open

Domestic: Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas.

Region VII (Pacific) – Open

Domestic. Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington. International: British Columbia, Eastern Russia, Korea, Japan, Philippines, Australia, New Zealand, and other countries east of China.

 

Online Professional Development Work Group Wants You!

A request from NORDP’s Effective Practices and Professional Development Committee

Whether you are a seasoned professional or new to the field, the National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP) offers a variety of ways to continue your professional development. The annual conference, lively discussions on the listserv, and the sharing of resources enable us to grow as professionals in the field as well as form a strong community. This academic year, NORDP’s Effective Practices and Professional Development (EPPD) Committee will bring you a selection of webinars designed to keep you at the top of your game.

Through the efforts of the Online Professional Development (OPD) working group of the EPPD, NORDP is building a robust library of webinars covering a variety of topics important to research development. By selecting the “Member Center” tab on the left-hand navigation bar of the NORDP website and then clicking “NORDP Professional Development,” you will find all previous webinars as well as information on our upcoming offerings. The webinars cover current topics (e.g., crowdfunding), process topics (e.g., growing your research development unit), and tips for some of the more challenging aspects of our jobs (e.g., strategies for supporting junior faculty).

The ODP’s goal is to produce six webinars over the coming year. We strive to provide topics that will appeal to the wide variety of NORDP members. With such a diverse membership, this is not always easy. Our members represent small, medium, and large institutions with ranging research budgets and strategic plans. Our experience in the field ranges from less than one to more than 25 years, and we can be a one-person shop or part of a large team. As such, finding webinar topics to meet the needs of the entire membership can be challenging, and we would appreciate your ideas and participation!

The EPPD, and especially the OPD, is a particularly active committee within NORDP, and we are always looking for more members. We have a succinct and well-developed operating manual for our activities, so jumping in is easy! Some ways you can get involved include:

  • Identifying potential webinar topics. If you go the extra mile and can find an appropriate (and willing) presenter, even better!
  • Volunteering to facilitate a webinar, which includes working with the presenter and the OPD leadership to arrange, advertise, and conduct the webinar.
  • Suggesting new ways our committee can meet the needs of NORDP members.

Your input into the OPD’s efforts is vital to ensuring the webinars meet the needs of the NORDP membership. Please consider getting involved in the EPPD!

NORDP 2014 Conference Notes: Funding opportunities in the arts, humanities and social sciences: strategies for supporting and promoting a grant- seeking culture

Presenters: Susan Gomes (Harvard University), Barbara Walker (University of California at Santa Barbara) and Caitlin McDermott-Murphy (Harvard University)

Noting that the grant proposal writing culture is not ubiquitous across academic disciplines, the three speakers delivered a three-pronged presentation: why seeking grant support is important for arts, humanities and social sciences scholars, what the funding landscape looks like for these disciplines, and how to establish a culture of grant proposal writing. Successfully funded scholars benefit both the institution (possibility of securing F&A costs and institutional prestige) and themselves  (possibility of summer salary or reassigned time, raising visibility about scholarship and having that scholarship validated through the peer review process, and the opportunity to create or expand a scholarly network).

The presenters discussed major federal funders in the humanities and arts areas, including the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Archives and Records Administration (National Historical Publications and Records Commission), and the Institute for Museum and Library Services.  Social sciences researchers can look to funders like the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the Departments of Education, Defense and Justice.  Private funders (foundations), funding at the state level, and Foundation Center tools and reports also were discussed, along with descriptions of resources like H Net Online and a forthcoming book by Barbara Walker on this topic.

Several strategies for promoting a culture of grantsmanship were shared, including programming (workshops led by research development professionals and faculty); sponsor campus visits; developing partnerships with academic deans and other key figures; continuous outreach to faculty; funding opportunity dissemination; and, faculty surveys (for the purpose of eliciting feedback while advertising services).  The presenters concluded the session by reminding participants to leverage resources on their campuses in support of arts, humanities and social sciences faculty, noting that “Everything doesn’t have to cost something.”

Scribe: Pollyanne Frantz

Thanks, Pollyanne!

 

7th Annual NORDP Research Development Conference April 29 – May 1, 2015 • Bethesda, MD

The 7th Annual NORDP Research Development Conference will be held April 29 – May 1, 2015 at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel in Bethesda, Maryland. The conference is a four-day event focused on understanding key trends in federal and private research funding, large-scale proposal development by interdisciplinary research teams, and implementation of strategic initiatives that foster institutional competitiveness.

Click here for more information on the 2015 NORDP Conference.

 

Prominent keynote speakers will be present from several federal and private agencies, and breakout sessions will incorporate topics such as facilitating team science, proposal development, systems and tools for tracking research productivity, building research development infrastructure, research development in an undergraduate setting, and more.

Who should attend:

  • Research development professionals
  • Research administrators
  • Corporate and foundation relations professionals
  • University advancement officials

Conference Contact

Susan Carter, J.D.
Director, Research Development Services
University Of California, Merced
Phone: 1-855-RES-DEV1 (Toll Free, 1-855-737-3381), option 4
Email: rdconf@nordp.org