Call for Proposals! Research Development Conference 2018

July 24, 2018
Event Date: 
October 10, 2018 8:30 AM

The U-M Research Development Group invites proposals for its 3rd Annual Research Development Conference. Those working in Research Development (RD) roles are invited to propose presentation topics or panels of speakers; we’re also interested in hearing from those whose roles are in Research Administration but encompass aspects of RD.

Research Development is a growing field of professionals who work with faculty to foster research excellence. Our many activities include: connecting faculty with extramural funding opportunities; working with faculty on grant writing and editing; coordinating large-scale proposals; facilitating collaboration among faculty and across disciplines; connecting faculty to resources; supporting faculty career development in the research funding space; managing internal funding programs; fostering innovation, and finding the best ways to communicate our knowledge and services.

Topics for abstracts might include but are not limited to:

  • Enabling collaboration among faculty, across disciplines, across units
  • Faculty training (e.g., workshops, programs, onboarding)
  • Strategic Initiatives
  • Industry or Community Engagement
  • Executing RD activities, with subject matter expertise and without
  • RD in the humanities & social sciences: challenges & possibilities
  • Instructive case studies of failures and successes
  • Incorporating RD activities in Research Administration-focused offices

How to submit an abstract:

Individual or Group Panel Presentations are intended for individuals or panels of no more than four persons to present information related to Research Development, or important to advancing the skills or professional development of conference participants. Audience size at these sessions may be up to 100 people. AV equipment will be provided; slides should be submitted in advance or brought on a flash drive. Sessions will be 60 minutes in length (please plan to leave time for Q&A at the end of the session).

Abstracts should include a title and names of all presenters, and describe the format, content and aims in not more than 200 words. Please submit your abstracts to by August 20, 2018.

Interested in volunteering?

If you are interested in volunteering to plan the event (or work the day of the event), please email

Questions? Contact Jill Jividen, Ph.D., at