NORDP 2021 Conference Scholarships Available; Apply by March 15, 2021

NORDP Conference Scholarships (known as “Attendance Awards” when we meet in person) are intended to help members offset the cost of conference registration. These scholarships are intended for those who need financial support beyond what their institutions or organizations will provide. NORDP 2021 awards will fund the cost of one (1) conference registration per award at the early-bird member rate.

These awards support NORDP’s mission to enhance the diversity of our membership and member institutions. Members who are new to NORDP, are attending their first NORDP conference, identify as belonging to a group that is underrepresented in NORDP, or represent Minority-Serving Institutions, are strongly encouraged to apply.

Scholarship recipients are expected to volunteer at the conference and serve on a NORDP committee or subcommittee following the 2021 conference.

Eligibility: These awards are not available to current and prior NORDP Board of Directors members, Affiliate Members or consultants. Anyone who has received conference/travel support from NORDP in the previous three onsite conference years (2017, 2018 or 2019 conferences) is not eligible in 2021.

To Apply: Visit https://nordp.infoready4.com/#competitionDetail/1836162. (If this is your first time using NORDP’s InfoReady site, please select “Register” in the upper right-hand corner to create a login for this site.)

PLEASE DO NOT REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE UNTIL YOU ARE NOTIFIED OF THE STATUS OF YOUR SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION. We will contact applicants with decisions before the Early Bird registration window closes.

NORDP 2021 Schedule at a Glance Posted


The NORDP 2021 schedule at a glance is now available HERE. You can find other information about our 13th Annual Research Development Conference on the conference home page.

Our plenary speakers include NSF Director Sethuraman Panchanathan, NIH Deputy Director Mike Lauer, and University of Michigan Vice Provost for Equity and Inclusion & Chief Diversity Officer Dr. Rob Sellers.

Registration will open in early March, with early-bird pricing at $149 for members, $249 for nonmembers. NORDP 2021 registration includes 3.5 days of live events, more than 8 hours of pre-recorded content, access to session recordings post-conference and fun activities (trivia night, happy hours) to engage our attendees. Stay tuned!

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.

Upcoming Career Stories: Fireside Chats

You are invited to attend the next Career Stories: Fireside Chats, a collaboration of NORDP LEAD, and the Professional Development and Member Services Committees on Thursday, February 18 at 1:00 pm EST / 10 am PST.

This conversational series, developed in response to member requests, will highlight the professional trajectories of NORDP members. The series will showcase the multiple ways NORDP members ended up in research development and the many paths available for career growth and advancement.

The February speaker will be Susan Carter, Research Development Director at Santa Fe Institute (New Mexico). Susan is a founding board member of NORDP and has over 20 years’ experience in research and faculty development, diversity and team science, and as a research funding program officer and administrator. Susan will share her journey in research development, and the ways in which involvement in NORDP has supported her professional development. 

Register for the Thursday, February 18 conversation HERE.

Mark your calendar for next month’s Fireside Chat. Mark Milutinovich, Director of Large Center Development at the University of New Hampshire will be sharing his research development pathway on Wednesday, March 10 at 2:00 pm EST / 11:00 am PST.

You can register for Mark’s conversation HERE.

Career Stories: Fireside Chats are designed to be 30-minute listen and learn sessions, with time for follow-up questions. The sessions are being archived and made available for later viewing via the NORDP LMS. If you are interested in sharing YOUR RD story, please contact Jan Abramson.

Upcoming NORDP Webinars in February

NORDP2021: Strategies for Effective Virtual Presentations

Wednesday, February 17, 2021 ,1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST

Are you interested in designing and presenting a virtual session or workshop for the 2021 NORDP conference? This webinar is designed to engage anyone interested in engaging conference audiences using virtual tools. It’s time for you to get excited about sharing your expertise and experience with the NORDP community!

Register for this complimentary webinar here. Members: please take a minute to login to your LMS account using your NORDP login. Nonmembers: if you don’t already have a NORDP LMS account you can create one in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.


Open Research: Current Trends and Challenges

Wednesday, February 24, 2021, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST

You’re invited to take part in the upcoming webinar, “Open Science Trends: Opportunities for Research Development & Innovation” on Wednesday, February 24th at 12 PM EST. The webinar will identify and explore how current developments in open science can advance your university’s research mission.

By attending this webinar, you can expect to come away with unique insight into:

  • Global trends in open science
  • The future of research development in North America
  • Keeping your research office competitive
  • Ground-breaking open publishing solutions

Register Now

This presentation is in partnership with Taylor & Francis and F1000Research, and will be moderated by NORDP President, Dr. Kimberly Eck. This is the first of two webinars focused on open research development – stay tuned for the next virtual event in March, where a panel of experts will answer, “how can the growth in open science contribute to your research development efforts?”

Announcing NORDP 2021 Plenary Speakers

The NORDP 2021 Conference Planning Committee is thrilled to announce plenary speakers for the 13th Annual NORDP Conference. Our main events will take place May 3-5, with additional conference content offered throughout the month and into summer. 

The opening keynote on Monday, May 3 will feature Dr. Sethuraman Panchanathan, Director of the National Science Foundation, to discuss “NSF Strategy into the Future.” In the afternoon NORDP will welcome science communications expert Mark Bayer for a talk titled “Alternative Facts in the Academy: The Art of Pushing Back and Persuading when Data Aren’t Enough.”

Dr. Michael Lauer, NIH’s Deputy Director for Extramural Research, will kick off Tuesday morning with “Extramural Research in the Era of COVID-19: An NIH Perspective.” On Wednesday, NORDP’s Committee on Inclusive Excellence presents Dr. Robert Sellers, Vice Provost for Equity & Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer at the University of Michigan, to discuss institutional DEI and anti-racism efforts.

The full program will be posted soon, with registration opening later this winter. Conference updates will be coming to your inbox and the blog soon! You can also follow #NORDP2021 on twitter.

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.

Two Webinars Wednesday, 1/27/21

NORDP is hosting two webinars on Wednesday, January 27th. Details and registrations links are below:

NORDP Board Forum: Everything you wanted to know about serving as a NORDP board member; Date: 1/27/2021; Time: 1:00pm EST

Have you considered running for the NORDP Board of Directors? Considering a run in the future? Join us to hear directly from NORDP’s current Board of Directors on what it means to serve, strategic priorities for NORDP over the next few years, and specific roles needed for the board to ensure continuity of operations. This session is designed as a Zoom Meeting and as such, participants should come prepared to ask questions directly to members of the board. The event is hosted by the NORDP Governance Committee and Nominating Committee. At the conclusion, the Nominating Committee will share the next steps and timeline for the 2021 nomination process and election process. The event will be recorded and posted to the NORDP site.

Presented by: Members of the current NORDP Board of Directors

Register for the webinar: https://nordp.memberclicks.net/board#/


Career Stories: Fireside Chats; Date: 1/27/2021; Time: 3:30pm EST

This conversation series will highlight the professional trajectories of NORDP members and was developed in response to member requests following the NORDP LEAD kick-off last fall. The series will showcase the multiple ways NORDP members ended up in research development and the many paths available for professional advancement. The first session will feature Karen “Fletch” Fletcher, Director of Grant Resources & Services at Appalachian State University and Immediate Past President of NORDP. Fletch will share her journey in research development and the ways in which her involvement in NORDP supported her professional development. Career Stories: Fireside Chats are designed to be 30-minute listen and learn sessions, with time for follow-up questions. The sessions will also be archived and made available for later viewing.

Presented by: Karen “Fletch” Fletcher, Director of Grant Resources & Services at Appalachian State University and Immediate Past President of NORDP

Register for the webinarhttps://nordp.memberclicks.net/firesidechats

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.

Mentoring Matters – And so do you!

Submitted by Jan Abramson, NORDP Fellow

One constant after the crazy months we’ve experienced throughout 2020: January is National Mentoring Month. “A mentor is someone who allows you to see the higher part of yourself when sometimes it becomes hidden to your own view.” This quote is attributed to Oprah Winfrey. My own philosophy of mentoring is to “pay it forward, to engage in open and honest relationships that support and inspire colleagues to see and become their best selves.”

Take a moment to reflect on the mentors who have supported you, the mentees who have inspired you, and the importance of mentoring in our work as Research Development professionals. Anytime is an appropriate time to reach out, reconnect, and express appreciation to those you have touched your life. If you’d like a reminder, #ThankYourMentorDay is January 29, 2021. This social media expression of gratitude is generally the last Friday in January if you want to mark your calendars well in advance.

The NORDP Mentoring Program is a benefit available to all NORDP Members. The Mentoring Committee strives to equip Research Development professionals for success by offering meaningful mentoring experiences, expertise, support and resources. Over the past year, the committee has developed new programs and resources to cultivate community and support mentors and mentees.

Applications for the 2021 mentoring program will open in the spring. In addition to the mentor/mentee dyads that compose the mentoring program, there are currently six Peer Mentoring Groups (PMGs) available for those interested in developing peer mentoring relationships. They are based on the six Pillars of Research Development: Career/Professional Development, Communication, Enhancement of Collaboration, Leadership/Management, Proposal Development and Support and Strategic Planning and Advancement. PMGs are composed of NORDP members at many professional development levels who have similar interests and share resources, provide feedback, and act as accountability partners in building skills. To join a Peer Mentoring Group please email mentorprogram@nordp.org.

Become a mentor. Become a mentee. Join a PMG. (or, do all three). The Mentoring Committee will help you along the way. And, in addition to the benefits of participating in mentoring, engaging in NORDP programs and activities is a great way to leverage your NORDP membership.

Pacific Region Conference Roundup: Research Development During the Pandemic: Research Developers are Resilient

Submitted by NORDP Pacific Co-Representative, Eric Wayne Dickey, Western Oregon University

NORDP’s Pacific Region represents the states of Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington, and NORDP’s global reach to members in British Columbia, Eastern Russia, Korea, Japan, Philippines, Australia, New Zealand, and other countries east of China. Following the successful in-person, 2019 regional meeting at UC Davis, the Pacific region’s co-representatives (Barbara Sasso and Eric Wayne Dickey) wanted to continue to provide members opportunities to grow their networks and expand their knowledge base. But doing so during a pandemic seemed a monumental task.

First things first, we recruited an all-star, all-volunteer conference planning committee: Susan Emerson, Leah Gorman, Michael Helms, and Katie Lindl all stepped forward to answer the call. After some soul-searching, we decided to confront the pandemic head on by asking ourselves, “how can we continue to do the work we do?” At the time of this early planning stage, ominous clouds of ashes loomed over much of the west coast, adding to anxiety of the pandemic. Research Developers have to be resilient in times of stress, so we decided that responding to the pandemic would be the theme of our conference.

Sunrise through clouds of ash, 9/28/2020 photo by Eric Wayne Dickey

Once the theme was picked and a timeline was established, we put out the call for abstracts, and we were off and running!

The three-day virtual conference included morning and afternoon sessions. A featured session started each morning of the conference and included Russell Wyland from NEH, Mike Lauer from NIH, and a panel of Government Relations personnel.

Another highlight was the Conversation Roadblocks workshop led by the NORDP Committee on Inclusive Excellence. The three-day regional meeting also featured a variety of NORDP member-initiated presentations and lightning talks that explored how Research Development professionals manage their work remotely and during times of crises. The sessions provided helpful tips and demonstrated the resiliency of RD professionals.

Word cloud generated using words from the abstracts

The final Happy Hour session explored some ideas for future Pacific Region conferences, such as providing sessions on building relationships via networking and mentoring, facilitating multi-institutional collaborations, and growing the RD profession by encouraging graduate students to participate in NORDP. Overall, the Pacific Regional meeting was favorably received by attendees, and it provided a road map for future events.

If you are interested in planning future events for the Pacific Region, feel free to reach out to Barbara or Eric.

The session materials are available on the NORDP site: https://nordp.memberclicks.net/2020-pacific-regional-links

Last but not least, the conference planning committee wants to acknowledge the important support provided by Laura Nakoneczny and Arielle Stout of First Point Resource Management. Their expertise in planning such events was invaluable. We could not have done it without them.

NORDP-NE Regional Winter (Virtual) Road Trip to Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire


Submitted by NORDP NE Communications Coordinator, Bethany Drews Javidi, University of Connecticut

The NORDP-NE region invited their colleagues from the Atlantic region to join them on a virtual road trip to Dartmouth on December 8 to discuss how research development professionals can support research in the humanities. The road trip to Dartmouth was the third virtual road trip for the region and gave NORDP colleagues the chance to escape their home universities and connect with colleagues over a lively discussion of the important work and contribution of humanities scholars.

Charlotte Bacon, Director of GrantGPS at Dartmouth, provided the energy and vision to coordinate a fantastic meeting. Charlotte gave the attendees an informative presentation on the strategies RD professionals can take to promote the success and wellbeing of humanities scholars.

In addition, a slate of humanities scholars shared their perspectives with the region during a panel discussion. We were fortunate to hear from Laura Edmondson, Professor of Theater, Israel Reyes, Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese, and Cori Tucker-Price, Post-Doctoral Fellow in in Ethnicity, Race, and Migration in the U.S. Context. The panel reflected the range of disciplines active in the humanities and the needs of faculty at varying stages in their careers.

“The event was an energizing one that provided not only great ideas & insights to bring back to my office, but also the chance to virtually engage in conversation with colleagues across the regions,” said Daniel Campbell from the Atlantic Region.

A highlight of the meeting was anthropology professor Sienna Craig’s reading of her poems, “Mars Venus Moon” and “Supermarket.” Her reading gave us all a chance to reflect on life and loss in the pandemic. Thank you, Sienna!

Seventy-five RD professionals from New England attended the meeting. NORDP-NE is grateful to Eric Si, Communications and Events Specialist (our wizard behind the curtain), and Anne Maglia, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Administration and Integrity, at UMass Lowell, who generously contributed their institutional resources and expertise in virtual conferencing to make our three road trips a reality. Many thanks also to Kimberly Eck, NORDP President, who made a special appearance and gave introductory remarks.

Thanks go to our other contributors as well: Anne Maglia, Member, NORDP Board of Directors, who got the group up to speed on events at NORDP national; Jeralyn Haraldsen, Chair of the NORDP-NE Advisory Committee, who convened and chaired the meeting, Edel Minogue, Chair Elect of NORDP-NE and the other members of the NORDP-NE Advisory Committee who contributed their time and ideas to make the meeting a success.

NORDP 2020 Conference Notes: Scientists in Research Development: Turning Ideas into Compelling Proposals

Over the next several weeks, we will share notes from select NORDP 2020 virtual presentations. Check out the learning management system for details on all of the NORDP 2020 available presentations: https://nordp.mclms.net/en/package/list

  1. Login with your NORDP member info.
  2. Select the session you are interested in viewing.
  3. Go to the Session Materials box and click on Materials which will take you to the presentation video and slides. 
  4. The session will also appear in your personal course list for future viewing.

Presenters

  • Justin Flory – The Biodesign Institute, Arizona State University
  • Deborah Frank – Washington University School of Medicine
  • Samarpita Sengupta – University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
  • Jessica Moon – Stanford University

Thanks to our session scribe, Daniel Campbell, Old Dominion University!

Key points from the session 

A RD scientist can leverage their own experiences by providing tailored education programs, personalized courses, and effective training for faculty investigators to communicate their research to the community at large.

Scientists in RD can help faculty develop a strong research question by deciding whether it is an important one to answer, if it feasible to answer, and to critically read the literature.

RD scientists can help raise potential reviewer criticisms, suggest alternative experiments, suggest controls, and evaluate data analysis plans.

In multidisciplinary proposals a RD scientist can serve as an extension of the PI that will allow them to focus their expertise. They also act as the common denominator to facilitate a multi-disciplinary team and help interconnect the science.

Scientists transitioning to RD face several challenges such as, imposter syndrome, understanding the institutional structure, and expanding the breadth of their editing beyond their core discipline.

What did you hear at this presentation that surprised you?

The imposter syndrome is a challenge faced by many folks who come from the postdoc world and who are now tasked with providing guidance to faculty who used to be their superiors in the higher ed hierarchy.

What was the most interesting question asked by an audience member?

Question – What motivates you and keeps you going in this field?

Answer – Seeing how many proposals are not funded and in many cases it is due to ineffective communication. Faculty have many great ideas & skills and we can help them with the communication element in our dual roles as scientists and skilled communicators.