Member Services Committee

The Member Services Committee (MSC) manages membership benefits, and develops, recommends and implements programs for member recruitment and retention. To carry out these responsibilities, the MSC coordinates appointment and outreach activities of MSC Regional Representatives. The MSC is a main point of contact for regional groups, as they develop, and assists in their coordination with the NORDP Board. The MSC also develops and implements membership survey data instruments as necessary to ensure that statistical data and information on the membership are maintained and that NORDP has a pulse on the types of resources needed to effectively support the membership at large. Through collaboration with the other NORDP committees and working groups, the MSC helps ensure that appropriate communication and valuable information and resources are effectively delivered to all NORDP members.

Mentoring Committee

The  Mentoring Committee is focused on providing meaningful mentoring expertise to support the professional development of NORDP members. At any given time, about 10 percent of all NORDP members are participating in the annual Mentoring Program. Many members continue their mentoring relationships beyond the formal "one-year" program.

The committee facilitates the annual Mentoring Program, which matches mentors, mentees and peer mentors; develops and refines OnBoarding materials to support a successful start to the mentoring relationship; provides mentoring-focused webinars and resources for all NORDP members; and engages in continual program improvement. Committee members engage in scholarly activities which include presentations at regional and national meetings, analyzing program data, and preparing written materials. All NORDP members have access to the Mentoring Toolkit to support mentoring relationships. There is also the NORDP Mentoring Program.

New Opportunities for Research Development

NORD is a newly formed ad-hoc committee of NORDP focused on:

  • Participating in or encouraging the publishing of articles and white papers on research development as a field, highlighting its role and importance in supporting knowledge creation and mobilization activities in contexts where external funding is sought.
  • Developing partnerships and programming (Research Development forums conducted jointly with partners in the areas of strategy, analytics, and policy), in collaboration with the Strategic Alliances Committee, where appropriate.
  • Developing a virtual presence that supports and enhances the work of research development professionals and their partners in establishing a field.
  • Conduct research to develop and disseminate processes and tools for operating effectively as a research development professional in the knowledge mobilization and innovation spaces.

Currently, the Enhancing Research Collaboration Project sits under the NORD umbrella.

Professional Development Committee

The goals of the Professional Development Committee are to help provide opportunities for Research Development Professionals to build their skills and knowledge and to share information about research development practices and activities that have been used successfully in various settings.

Revenue & Finance Committee

The purpose of the Revenue & Finance Committee is to assist the BOD in overseeing and guiding the financial health of NORDP. The Treasurer is the designated chair and convenes meetings as needed. Other designated members are the immediate past president, the lead for sponsorship of the Annual Conference committee, & a representative of Members Services committee. This committee currently functions as two separate working groups and is open to other members’ participation. The number of members varies depending upon planned activity for the fiscal year. The revenue group is focused on increasing revenues from current sources and generating new sources. The finance working group will be conducting a service, functionality and cost benefit analysis of the current infrastructure. Reports are posted on the NORDP’s members only website after they are presented to the BOD. Interested in learning more or like to get involved? Contact [email protected].

Strategic Alliances

The Strategic Alliances Committee focuses on the interactions between NORDP and all external entities, including research funding, government and private agencies, and other professional organizations. Our goal is to become recognized as the "go-to" organization regarding interactions between funding agencies and research performing institutions, and to facilitate communication and collaborations between research institutions themselves.