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Register Now! The 10th Annual NORDP Research Development Conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, May 7-9, 2018. More details will follow in the coming months.

10th Annual NORDP Research Development Conference

May 7-9, 2018 • Arlington, Virginia

Hyatt Regency Crystal City

Resilience in a Shifting Research Landscape

The 10th Annual NORDP Research Development Conference will be held May 7- 9, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City at Reagan National Airport in Arlington, Virginia (Washington, D.C. metro area).

Use this NORDP-specific reservation link to make your hotel reservations.

The conference is a three-day event focused on understanding key trends in research funding, networking with colleagues, and discussing the programs, tools and skills that research development (RD) professionals bring to help organizations attract extramural research funding, increase institutional competitiveness, create research relationships, and foster innovation.

The conference promises prominent keynote speakers, as well as federal and private funding agencies representatives, to inform and inspire attendees. In addition, there will be a strong cadre of presenter-initiated sessions covering such topics as best practices in RD, managing institutional change, agency updates, building collaborations, research development at undergraduate institutions, building resilience in times of change, and more. This year we will continue using the Pillars to broadly classify presentations by focus, including RD Fundamentals, Leadership Development in RD; Professional Development; Funder Updates and Other Topics in RD.


Register Online

  MEMBER Non-Member
Early-Bird (until March 23) $490 $680
Regular $560 $750
On-Site $690 $880

We will be offering five pre-conference workshops on Monday, May 7, 2018, at an additional cost of $160 for a half-day workshop or $240 for a full-day workshop. Click HERE to view workshop abstract.

We will also be offering a SHORT COURSE:  Foundations of Research Development: An Introduction (separate registration of $320) Click HERE to view Short Course description:

Please register for only one workshop or the short course.

Note: Individual, new NORDP memberships are $219 for the year ($189 annual dues plus $30 initial processing fee that we will waive if you become a member when registering for the conference); annual renewal memberships cost $189.

Cancellation Policy: All cancellation requests must be submitted in writing to [email protected] for consideration.

  • Before 04/06/2018: 100% refund
  • April 7-16, 2018: 100% minus $50 administrative fee
  • April 17-30, 2018: 75% refund
  • After May 1, 2018: No refund

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Conference Co-chairs

Karen Eck
Kari Whittenberger-Keith
2018 Conference Co-chairs
[email protected]

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