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!  

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