13th Annual NORDP
Research Development Conference

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About the Annual NORDP Research Development Conference

NORDP, the National Organization of Research Development Professionals, advances the global capacity for and impact of research by strengthening the practice and profession of research development. The 2021 Annual Conference (NORDP 2021), will be held virtually during the first week of May.

Our attendees

Research development professionals support the efforts of researchers to secure extramural research funding and initiate and nurture critical partnerships throughout the institutional research enterprise, among institutions, and with external stakeholders. With the goal of enabling competitive individual and team research and facilitating research excellence, the 2021 Annual Conference is our annual opportunity to bring together 1,000 NORDP members from around the world to develop and share best practices across the research development field, breathing new energy and information into our profession. 

Who should be marketing to NORDP 2021 attendees?

  • Research database and search providers
  • Funding search providers
  • Firms that develop systems for research and funding
  • Research analytics and reporting tools companies
  • Consulting firms
  • Research editing companies
  • Proposal development firms
  • Social media firms
  • Publishers
  • Software developers who specialize in funding and research products
  • Universities and research institutes


Our chosen virtual platform allows for great visibility for our sponsors and collect data from all participants who visit your page. Highlights include:

  • Brand awareness through your own dedicated, customizable sponsor “page”. Add photos, videos, links to documents, and your contact information.
  • Direct message participants through the virtual platform
  • Both you and the participants can schedule 1:1 real-time meet-ups right on the platform
  • Participate in online message boards

Following your sponsorship registration and payment you'll be sent information on an online training session with the platform team that will provide detailed instructions on how to build your sponsor page, how to navigate the platform, and how to maximize your participation. The training session will be recorded in case you cannot attend the scheduled session. Please look for more information on that soon!

Important Deadlines

  • Payment is due at the time of registration. Invoicing can be requested, but invoices must be paid prior to April 1, 2021
  • March 1 - Registration for NORDP 2021 opens. The early bird rate will expire March 31, and regular registration will last through April 26. Please note that you must be registered before you will be able to access the conference platform.
  • APRIL 12, 2021 (11 - 11:45 am EDT) - Sponsor training session, This training session will instruct you in how you'll upload files, prepare your profile and more in the conference app. Although the session will be recorded, we recommend you attend live to ask questions.
  • April 13 - All content is due (logos, company profiles, push messages if applicable, recordings, etc.) 
  •  April 13-21 - the conference platform will be open for sponsors to create their profiles, etc. Please note that April 21 is a firm closing date. Tips from our platform provider for sponsors can be found HERE






Bronze Sponsors







GOLD: $10,000
» All Silver & Bronze package options
» Exclusive sponsorship of 1 plenary session or 2 large educational sessions (more than 100 attendees) which includes: 
› Branded slide for plenary session or educational sessions (e.g. the title slide will feature your company logo)
› Five-minute pitch or pre-recorded video commercial to introduce your company prior to the plenary session / educational session. (You're responsible for production)
» Sponsor spotlight in conference marketing email; your message and brand delivered directly to more than 1,200 potential attendees
» "Push" notifications featuring your message to all attendees (one per day)
» Logo featured throughout meeting app
» Pre-recorded welcome video (3 minutes) You're responsible for production
»Two additional registration waivers (6 total)
SILVER: $5,000
» All Bronze package options
» Title slide sponsorship for 1 large webinar (more than 100 people)
» Product demonstration session (we'll even provide a $50 gift card as an attendee incentive)
» One "push" notification featuring your message to all attendees during the conference
» Logo featured throughout meeting app
» Two additional registration waivers (4 total)
BRONZE: $2,000
» “Exhibit hall” package (e.g. display video/audio/images/PDF and social media links to attendees; live chat with attendees; contact attendees before and during the conference to request meetings with attendees who have set up profiles; company logo/link placed on conference platform, conference website; access to searchable attendee directory, and full list of opt-in registrants)
» Logo featured on meeting app
» Two registration waivers (2 total)
» $5,000  Virtual Photo Booth. Your logo on attendee photos that will be shared online and via social media
» $5,000  Sponsor a plenary session. Your five-minute pitch or pre-recorded video commercial before the plenary session begins. (You're responsible for production; limited availability)
» $5,000  Trivia Night Co-host. Join NORDP in co-hosting this popular social event to help attendees unwind. You'll receive a custom introductory slide featuring your logo, sponsor recognition on the event page, virtual platform and email promotions for this activity.
» $3,500  Sponsor 10 member scholarships for conference attendees and gain visibility during conference with acknowledgements on the virtual platform, and with a blog post highlighting your company and sponsored members
» $3,500  Lunch & Learn. NORDP will provide a custom-branded GRUBHUB digital meal voucher with your logo to 200 attendees who register. 
» $3,000  Have your three minute commercial played to attendees prior to a large webinar (more than 100 people)
» $3,000  Sponsor a yoga/mindfulness session, or other interactive social session


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