2021 NORDP Atlantic Regional Meeting 

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

We are pleased to offer this virtual conference event free of charge in response to the COVID-19 budget situation for many institutions, This event is open to NORDP members and non-members in the Atlantic region, however, all attendees must register.

July 28 (all times EST)

9:00 am-9:30 am

Plug Your Mug! 
Join us for informal conversation and the chance to "plug" your favorite coffee mug. It's the NORDP-way to start the day.

 9:30 am-9:35 am

Conference Co-Chairs: Chetna Chianese, Syracuse University, Anindita Mukherjee, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

 9:35 am-9:55 am Jill Jividen, NORDP President

NORDP President Jill Jividen, PhD, will provide an overview of the organization's growth over the last decade, as well as the rich menu of services and resources that NORDP offers to members. She'll discuss what's in the works for 2021-2022, including updates on the strategic plan, planned programming and website improvements. This volunteer-run organization depends on its members' innovation and energy to make it run, and Jill will describe how you can get involved.

Jill is the Director of Research Development at the University of Michigan. She's been a NORDP member since 2014 and has served on the Member Services Committee, Conference Planning Committee and communications working group. She was elected to the Board of Directors in 2018.
 9:55 am-10:40 am Updated Review of the Federal Budget Landscape for Research Funding

Kellianne Lauer and Jessica Venable, McAllister & Quinn

McAllister & Quinn’s “UPDATED Review of the Federal Budget Landscape for Research Funding” provides critical insight into new and proposed legislation to fund long term federal research investments. Designed specifically for college and university offices of research, presenters will discuss how current federal funding debates and decisions may impact how research development professionals work across campus. Key topics include:

  • Overview of the Federal Budgeting Cycle
  • Review of Community Project Funding: The Return of Earmarks
  • R&D Investments: Highlights from Key Legislation and Proposals
  • R&D Investments: Drivers, Priorities, and Emerging Themes
  • Considerations for Research Development Professionals

About the presenters: 

Kellianne supports the Research Universities Practice at McAllister & Quinn to strategically address the research development needs of client organizations, enabling growth in their research enterprise. Drawing on experience working directly with multi-disciplinary teams to pursue complex funding opportunities, Kellianne supports and creates services to identify funding opportunities, strengthen relationships with sponsors, build capacity in strategic planning, and use research development best practices to improve an organization’s ability to pursue and win funding for groundbreaking research. She has been a member of NORDP since 2017.

Jessica Venable has primary responsibility for overseeing the Research Universities Practice, in which she strategically addresses the needs of client organizations with high research activity. Drawing on more than 15 years of experience in sponsored research and program management, Dr. Venable provides clients with advice and support to develop relationships, identify appropriate funding opportunities, and apply for funding at federal agencies. Dr. Venable develops and leads training on effective grant writing skills, helping researchers to develop the sales and storytelling skills necessary to make their grant proposals understandable, clear, and measurable, and to effectively understand and respond to reviewer comments. She has been a member of NORDP since 2012.

 10:40 am-10:50 am  Break
 10:50 am-11:20 am  Breakout #1

Discussion by institution type. Introduce yourself to each other. Then discuss how you assess the impact of your RD office/your RD role.
  • R1 with medical school
  • R1 without medical school
  • R2/R3
  • PUI
  • Non-profit and research center
 11:25 am- 11:55 am Breakout #2

Discussion by topic.
  • Intramural programs to spur extramural funding
  • Early Stage Investigator programming
  • How to grow your career in RD?
  • RD’s role in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • The culture of your RD office post-pandemic
 11:55 am-12:00 pm  Closing Remarks
 12:00 pm-1:00 pm  Social Hour

Atlantic Region Committee
David Widmer - Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Katie Pelland - University of Virginia
Melissa Whipps – Syracuse University
Holly Burnside - Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Christina Leigh Docteur– Syracuse University
Tara Burke - University of Maryland, College Park
Becca Thomason Latimer - University of Virginia
Sarah Robertson - Bryn Mawr College
Ryan Champagne - University of Pittsburgh
Michael Erard – Maastricht University