NORDP AWARDS

As the only professional association dedicated to advancing the global capacity for and impact of research by strengthening the practice and profession of research development, the National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP) is powered by the excellence and impact of its members. NORDP is thus uniquely positioned to recognize outstanding contributions by its member-leaders, including the practice or production of new knowledge related to activities such as (but not limited to): 

  • strategic research advancement,
  • communication of research and research opportunities,
  • enhancement of research collaboration and team science, and
  • proposal development. 

The NORDP Awards celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of 1) members making exemplary contributions to the organization, the profession, or the field and 2) external supporters of NORDP’s mission and the work of it members. NORDP Awards are given to celebrate the distinctive achievements of individuals, collaborative groups or work teams, programs or projects, and organizations. Winners of NORDP Awards will be recognized during the annual NORDP Research Development Conference. 

Nominations for NORDP Awards, including self-nominations, may be submitted by any NORDP member in good standing. Unless otherwise indicated, current members of NORDP’s Board of Directors are ineligible to submit nominations (including self-nominations).Information about prior NORDP Award recipients is available here. 

Award Types

Several types of NORDP Awards are available. Depending on the number and quality of nominations received, multiple awards of the same type may be made while no awards may be given in some categories in some years. Across award types, honorees will be distinguished by a body of professional service and accomplishment that enriches the organization and the broader research development community. 

In most cases, nominees should be recognized leaders (emerging or established) within the NORDP community. Nominees should exemplify deep leadership commitment within the profession or field and/or throughout the broader research development community. Examples of such commitment include, but are not limited to, the following: serving on a NORDP volunteer group; chairing a committee; representing the organization externally; advancing the practice or the field; providing exceptional leadership in a research development functional unit; supporting the career development or mentoring of other members; and exemplifying the values of diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. 

Examples of activities deserving of recognition include: contributing to the career development or mentoring of others, exemplifying the values of diversity and inclusive excellence, generating new knowledge and sharing best practices to advance the practice or field of research development, providing exceptional leadership in a research development function or office, and offering outstanding service to NORDP. While highly valued by NORDP and its members, presentations during the annual conference do not by themselves qualify an individual for recognition with a NORDP Award.

Non-Board members may submit nominations for the following award types (Previous recipients of an award are not eligible to be nominated for the same award. Individuals nominated for more than one award type will not receive multiple awards in the same year.):

  • Innovation Award: Recognizes individuals, groups, or teams; functional units; or organizations who leverage unique skills or resources to kick-start innovation in research development and advance the profession or the field in ways that generate evidence of promise or demonstrable results. Innovators leverage partnerships, experiment with tools and techniques, or generate and share knowledge to advance NORDP and the work of its members. Eligibility: Non-Board NORDP members in good standing are eligible for individual nomination. NORDP members in good standing and current members of NORDP’s Board of Directors may be included as part of nominations for groups, teams, functional units, or organizations.
  • Leadership Award: This award honors a member, a group of members or a team, a research development unit, or an organization that demonstrates exceptional leadership and/or a deep commitment to volunteerism in ways that advance the profession or field of research development. Eligibility: Non-Board NORDP members in good standing are eligible for individual nomination. NORDP members in good standing and current members of NORDP’s Board of Directors may be included as part of nominations for groups, teams, functional units, or organizations.
  • NORDP Fellow: Designation as a NORDP Fellows is made to recognize the long-term accomplishments of members who have made sustained contributions to NORDP and worked tirelessly to advance research development as a profession and/or as a field. Status as a NORDP Fellow is the highest professional distinction the organization may bestow on a member. No more than one percent of NORDP members will be named Fellows annually. Eligibility: Non-Board NORDP members in good standing who have maintained an active NORDP membership for at least five consecutive years are eligible for nomination.
  • Rising Star Award: The Rising Star Award is bestowed on up to three members annually in recognition of outstanding, early volunteer contributions to NORDP and strong potential for future contributions to the organization and the profession or the field. Rising Star recipients receive waived registration for a subsequent NORDP annual conference. Eligibility: Non-Board NORDP members in good standing who have maintained an active NORDP membership for fewer than five consecutive years are eligible for nomination. Members of NORDP’s Board of Directors are ineligible for this award.

In addition, NORDP’s Board of Directors will identify recipients of the following awards:

  • Holly J. Falk-Krzesinski Service Award: Named for NORDP’s founding President, this award is voted on by the Board of Directors and given annually to a NORDP Member in recognition of outstanding service to the organization, to the research development profession or field, and to peers. Any member in good standing is eligible for nomination. Recipients of the Holly J. Falk-Krzesinski Service Award receive waived registration for a subsequent NORDP annual conference.

  • Research Development Champion Award: Honorees are distinguished by their advocacy for the critical role of research development and/or wider efforts to advance the research enterprise. Eligible nominees are visible external supporters of NORDP and its members; they are not required to be research development professionals or NORDP members.

While non-Board NORDP members may not submit nominations for the Holly J. Falk-Krzesinski Service Award or the Research Development Champion Award, they are welcome to suggest deserving, eligible candidates to any member of NORDP’s Board of Directors.

Benefits of Recognition

Recipients of NORDP Awards will be honored during the annual NORDP Research Development Conference and beyond. For example, NORDP will work with awardees to highlight their work and share their stories of research development excellence and impact (e.g., cameos, blog posts, webinars, etc.). NORDP also will work to ensure supervisors and recipients’ home organizations are informed of award receipt. 

Awards Timeline

The timeline for NORDP Awards, from nomination through recognition, will be as follows:

  • Call for nominations issued: Second Wednesday in September
  • Nomination period: September to November
  • Awards Q&A webinar: Final Wednesday in September
  • Nomination deadline: First Wednesday in November
  • Awardee recognition: During the annual Research Development Conference

Nomination Guidelines 

Nominators, including self-nominators, are encouraged to participate in the Q&A webinar organized in September. Incomplete nominations will not be accepted. Nominations may contain the following elements (in the order specified). At a minimum, they must contain the required component:

  • Nomination letter (required): A nomination letter signed by a single nominator or two co-nominators is required. Nomination letters may be up to two pages in length with a minimum of 1” margins and a font size of at least 11 points. Additional information about the requirements for nomination letters is included below.
  • Support letters (optional): Nominators have the option of including up to two additional support letters. Support letters may be provided by other NORDP members or individuals outside the organization (e.g. institutional colleagues, a supervisor, faculty, etc.). Support letters should amplify and reinforce the case for recognition made by the nominator(s). Support letters may be no more than one page in length with a minimum of 1” margins and a font size of at least 11 points. Additional information about requirements for support letters is included below.
  • Additional evidence (optional): Up to three additional pages of supporting documentation may be included . Examples of additional evidence may include items like links to resources/products created by the nominee(s), project or program descriptions or evaluations, other forms of recognition (thank you notes or messages), etc. 

Nomination letters and support letters must:

  • Indicate whether the nomination is for an individual, a collaborative group or team, a program or project, or an organization.
  • Identify the nominee(s) and the recommended award type.
  • Describe the distinctive contributions and accomplishments of the nominee(s), including how these have advanced NORDP’s mission, strengthened research development practice or developed knowledge about the field, and served peers through mentorship or service.
  • Offer detailed rationale for the nomination and include specific information about why the nominee is deserving of recognition given the purpose of the suggested award type.

Submission Process

Nomination materials should be assembled into a single PDF file, in the order specified above, and submitted via InfoReady Review no later than 8 p.m. Eastern time on Wednesday, November 4, 2020. Incomplete or late nominations will not be accepted.

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Review and Selection Process

Nominations submitted by members will be reviewed and ranked by an ad hoc team of reviewers drawn from non-Board NORDP members as well as current and former members of NORDP’S Board of Directors. This team of reviewers will make award recommendations to NORDP’s Board of Directors about award recipients, and the Board will make the final selection.

Nominations will be reviewed based on the following selection criteria:

  • Documented evidence of ongoing commitment to advancing the profession or field of research development.
  • Alignment between the distinctive accomplishments and contributions of the nominee(s) and the described purpose of the suggested award type.
  • Evidence about the extent to which the nominees have served and/or will serve NORDP, the research development profession or field, and peers in research development.

Additional Information

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