Second Annual Research Development Conference

Chicago, Illinois
Wednesday, June 02, 2010


Second Annual Research Development Conference

June 2-3, 2010
The Allerton Hotel Chicago
Chicago, IL

Registration to attend the Second Annual Research Development Conference will be open until Friday, May 21, 2010 with a $150 registration fee. Any registration after this date the registration fee will be increased to $300.


A forum for Research Development professionals to support professional development, enhance institutional research competitiveness, and catalyze new research and institutional collaborations

Research Development is a set of strategic, proactive, catalytic, and capacity-building activities designed to facilitate individual faculty members, teams of researchers, and central research administrations in attracting extramural research funding, creating relationships, and developing and implementing strategies that increase institutional competitiveness.

Research Development professionals initiate and nurture critical partnerships and alliances throughout the institutional research enterprise and between institutions—and with their external stakeholders. With the goal of enabling competitive individual and team research and facilitating research excellence, Research Development professionals build and implement strategic services and collaborative resources that span across disciplinary and administrative barriers within their organizations and beyond.

Research Development includes a broad spectrum of activities that vary by institution, including: funding opportunity identification and targeted dissemination, grant/contract proposal development, budget preparation, forms and submission assistance, research team building, interaction with funding agencies and institutional research administration and leadership, and outreach activities and training. 


6:00-8:00 PM
Informal Networking Dinner @ Gino's East on Superior (cost info to follow soon)


8:00-8:30 AM
Registration and Continental Breakfast @ The Allerton Chicago

Welcome & Introductions

Panel #: Selected Topics on the Challenges and Opportunities of Established Research Development Offices

Networking Break

10:45-12:15 PM
Panel #2: Challenges and Opportunities of Initiating Research Development Activities and Offices

Lunch & Keynote Speaker (Kei Kozumi, OSTP)

Introduction to Working Group process, Transition to breakout rooms

Working Group Breakout Meetings, Session 1

Networking Break

Panel #3: Research Development and Managing the Research Enterprise

Working Group Breakout Meetings, Session 2

Networking Reception


NORDP BoD mtg to discuss Working Group sessions 


8:00-8:30 AM
Registration and Continental Breakfast

Panel #4: Responding to the New external Funding Landscape

Networking Break

Panel #5: Team Science and Enhancing Collaboration

11:45-1:15 PM
Lunch & Keynote Speaker (Tobin Smith, AAU)

Working Group Breakout Meetings, Session 3

Networking Break

Panel #6: National Organization of Research Development Professionals First Annual Meeting

Closing Remarks


Conference Session Topics will include:

Selected Topics in the Challenges and Opportunities of Established Research Development Offices: This session will examine established Research Development offices and consider issues of leadership, strategic planning, unit operations, faculty development, working with research partners, and proposal development.

• Challenges and Opportunities in Initiating Research Development Activities and Offices: This session will provide guidance about establishing new Research Development offices or incorporating—and getting recognition for—Research Development activities elsewhere within the research enterprise administration. Panelists will discuss a range of Research Development activities and discuss the benefits of such activities and pitfalls associated with this new initiative.

• Research Development and Managing the Research Enterprise:
This session focuses on exploring linkages between Research Development and other key, strategic institutional research enterprise management issues as well as addressing evaluation and assessment of Research Development activities within an organization. Panelists will discuss the role of Research Development to help proactively address issues faculty research incentives and barriers, management of core research facilities and research centers/institutes, F&A cost recovery fund investment, faculty recruitment/start-up/retention, and research administration/compliance. Panelists will also provide insight about evaluating Research Development activities and impact.

• Responding to the New External Funding Landscape: This session focuses on the role of Research Development in responding to research opportunities that are increasingly focused on broader impacts, cross-disciplinary collaboration, translational and transformative outcomes, and new funding processes. Panelists will discuss how RD professionals and NORDP can serve as conduits between their institutions/faculty and the funding agencies in response to the increasing complexity of the external funding landscape.

• Team Science and Enhancing Collaboration: Investigators are increasingly addressing complex research problems that require cross-disciplinary collaboration and the need for investigation and scholarly activity to be conducted by diverse teams. Research Development can address this challenge to develop effective practices and best approaches to support the efforts of researchers to initiate and nurture critical partnerships and secure collaborative extramural research funding. This panel will include a discussion of the state of tool technology and empirical social science research on building scientific teams, the science of team science, and collaboration tools.

• Keynote Speakers: Kei Koizumi, PhD, Assistant Director, Federal Research and Development at the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and Tobin Smith, Vice President for Policy, Association of American Universities (AAU)

• National NORDP Working Groups Discussion/Break-out Sessions

• National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP) First Annual Meeting 





Contact Information

  • For questions regarding online registration: 

    Latonia Trimuel
    Program Manager
    NUCATS Institute
    Northwestern University

    For additional information regarding the conference program:

    Holly Falk-Krzesinski, PhD
    National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP)

    Research Assistant Professor and Director, Research Team Support (RTS)
    Clinical and Translational Sciences (NUCATS) Institute, Feinberg School of Medicine
    Northwestern University


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