NORDP 2023: Call for Abstracts

Abstracts are now being accepted for the 15th Annual Research Development Conference, hosted by the National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP) May 7-10, 2023 in Crystal City, Virginia.

The abstract submission deadline is 11:59 P.M. Eastern Time on Saturday, October 15, 2022.


Several different conference session formats are available, as described below. Regardless of the session format, proposers should consider how their presentations and workshops will:

  • Demonstrate ways in which research development professionals support, encourage, and empower researchers to try new things—to create and mobilize knowledge, to respond to new funding mechanisms and pursue multi-disciplinary grants, or to participate in campus think-tanks or networking events.
  • Explore new approaches used in research development programs.
  • Explore creative resources for personal and career development.
  • Emphasize the innovative roles and value of research development within the broader research enterprise.
  • Contribute to strategic research planning at the institutional level.

For those interested in brainstorming about topic ideas and identifying potential conference co-presenters, add your ideas (and contact information) to the 2023 Abstract Ideas Bulletin Board!



Oral Presentations

Intended for individual or group presentations, and are most effective when they address a significant overarching issue, problem, or hot topic in research development and/or showcase data, solutions, and programs from an array of institutions or perspectives. These sessions should be informational and may be accompanied by supplementary materials.

  • FIFTEEN MINUTE sessions / 1-2 presenters recommended. Each 15-minute session will be submitted individually and then the conference planning team will stack three together during the concurrent session periods (3 talks + 15 minute discussion/Q&A). Groups of presenters that plan to use the entire 1-hour slot are encouraged to submit a one-hour traditional session.
  • ONE HOUR traditional sessions / 1-4 presenters recommended. Please avoid presenting case studies from a single institution or program; case studies are more appropriate for a poster or as a 15-minute session.
  • ONE HOUR lightning storm session / up to 5 presenters recommended. A series of lightning talks (5-10 minutes each; based on Ignite ( organized under a unifying theme that allow for individuals to share new and creative ideas for fostering research development. Only one member of the presentation team should submit an abstract.


Posters will be set up for the duration of the conference. We will also encourage all posters submitters (individual or team) to also prepare a THREE MINUTE poster pitch in advance of the conference, which will be uploaded onto the conference app (to encourage people to visit the poster).


ONE HOUR sessions. A discussion focused on a specific RD issue. Roundtables encourage networking and sharing of individual experiences. Applicants should provide a description of the topic and its relevance to NORDP members and be willing to lead the discussion. Roundtables may be scheduled during breakfast, networking slot, OR a concurrent session slot. You may submit more than one abstract. However, there will be fewer concurrent sessions per slot compared to prior years (about 4 per time slot). Thus, NORDP members are encouraged to be named on not more than 2 oral presentation abstracts in total to facilitate scheduling and allow for a diverse slate of presenters. Each submission should be for one type of session; if you are submitting separate/distinct abstracts, then multiple applications are required.

For each submission, please identify the audience for whom the content is targeted:

  • Fundamental: The session is aimed at providing knowledge and content fundamental to RD. Content may be appropriate for individuals interested in or new to RD, individuals already in RD but whose job responsibilities do not currently include the indicated topic, or those who want a refresher.
  • Intermediate: Content in these sessions is fundamental to RD but most relevant to individuals who have been involved in RD (or the given topic) for more than one year. This information can also be useful to individuals thinking about the next steps in their career or skills/responsibilities they want to gain.
  • Advanced: Content in these sessions is relevant to and aimed at individuals who already have significant skills in the given topic, who have or are working toward leadership roles in RD (including those who are “offices of one”), and/or who have an institutional leadership role or advise institutional leaders. This information can also be useful to experienced individuals thinking about their next career steps or skills/responsibilities they want to gain.

The full application is currently available on InfoReady.