The mission of NORDP is to advance the global capacity for and impact of research by strengthening the practice and profession of research development.

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.

2023-2024 Mentoring Program Kickoff

The 2023-2024 NORDP Mentoring Program is now open for applications. Apply here. Applications are due by Monday, May 22, 2023. 



NORDP is the only professional association dedicated solely to Research Development. We are a robust and diverse community of nearly 1,200 members who help one another advance research globally. Our goals are to serve our members—Research Development professionals—and their institutions. We support your professional development and provide tools for you to enhance research competitiveness in your institution as well as catalyze new research and institutional collaborations. 


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InfoReady and NORDP’s New Opportunities in Research Development (NORD) Initiative has announced the 2023 cycle of the NORD/InfoReady Research Grants in Research Development

InfoReady and NORDP’s New Opportunities in Research Development (NORD) Initiative has announced the 2023 cycle of the NORD/InfoReady Research Grants in Research Development. The application deadline is 8:00 p.m. Eastern time on Wednesday, July 26, 2023. This initiative is designed to create knowledge and advance research development as a field of scholarly inquiry. Awards are expected to be up to $5,000 for projects lasting for up to 18 months, and three awards are expected. These awards are sponsored by InfoReady and NORDP. The NORD/InfoReady Research Grants in Research Development Program is open to all interested researchers, regardless of whether they are NORDP members. A list of topics, including nine priority research areas of interest to NORD, is available here. For research development (RD) to enhance the skills of its professionals, broaden recognition and understanding of its activities, and deepen its impact on the scientific enterprise, research is needed to define and standardize terms that identify skills and practices, as well as metrics to measure both activities and their outcomes. To develop a robust understanding of RD and its impacts, the initiative is interested in a wide range of projects, including empirical studies (e.g., surveys, interview studies, case studies, reviews), as well as theoretical, conceptual, and even purely descriptive or definitional studies. Additional details are provided on the online application using the InfoReady platform:


Enhance and Expand Research Development at your Institution

The NORDP Program for External Evaluation of Research Development (PEERD) offers valuable benchmarking tools, best practices and guidance to enhance your research development activities and expand the research enterprise. Flexibly priced and scheduled services include a full onsite review, virtual consultations, competitive analyses, presentations and workshops. Learn more today! 

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