Research Development at U-M: Driving Research Excellence

October 10, 2018 - 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Rackham Amphitheater & Assembly Hall

Research Development: Driving Research Excellence on October 10Registration is now open. Register today!

Light breakfast available at 8:00 AM

This free half-day conference is for all staff, faculty and leadership who support research across campus. Learn more about Research Development strategies to help your investigators increase their competitiveness in today’s research funding climate.

Research Development is a growing field of professionals who work with faculty to foster research excellence and increase extramural funding. Our many activities include: connecting faculty with 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.

This event is intended to inspire creative problem-solving, share successful practices, and grow our network of RD professionals across U-M.

Questions? Contact Jill Jividen, Ph.D., at or
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8:00 AM - 8:30 AM -- Light breakfast & registration

8:30 AM - 8:40 AM -- Opening Remarks: S. Jack Hu, Ph.D., U-M Vice President for Research

8:40 AM - 9:30 AM -- Keynote Speaker: Holly Falk-Krzesinski, Ph.D.

  • Holly Falk-Krzesinski, Ph.D., is a renowned leader in the fields of research development and team science and was the founding president of the National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP). She is currently the Vice President for Global Strategic Networks at Elsevier and holds an adjunct faculty position at Northwestern University.

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM -- Panel 1

  • "Utilizing Tools to Increase Productivity, Collaboration, & Communication"
    Maureen Burns, Assistant Director, Research Development, College of Engineering
    Kristina Oberly, Research Manager, College of Engineering, Computer Science
    Becky O’Brien, Director of Research Administration, School of Information
    Jocelyn Webber, Research Development Manager, School of Information
    Learn from staff members who have capitalized on technology to improve communication, efficiency, and productivity throughout the research process. These tools can be used not only to cultivate collaboration among staff members, but to also develop stronger partnerships between faculty and staff. Presenters will provide brief overviews of Jira, Trello, Google and Basecamp, followed by a group discussion on other productivity and collaboration tools being used on campus.
  • "Research Development in the Multi-Functional Office: Benefits and Challenges"
    Linda Chadwick,
    Director of Research Administration, College of Literature, Science, & the Arts
    John Cristiano, Assistant Dean for Research Development and Strategic Initiatives, College of Engineering, Computer Science, Dearborn
    Stephanie Hensel, Research Development Manager, School of Education
    Richard Vanden Heuvel, Research Development Director, College of Engineering
    This panel will present ideas for how to incorporate strategic RD activities while managing other widespread research activities (research administration, research compliance, etc.). Topics discussed will include how each office creatively assists project teams with RD support where resources are limited, and how to manage competing priorities. Attendees will gain a greater understanding of the many RD resources available at UM and the different activities that comprise an RD office.

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM -- Panel 2

  • "Lessons Learned Building a Research Methods Hub through Interdisciplinary Collaboration"
    Jeannette Jackson,
    Managing Director, BioSocial Methods Collaborative, Institute for Social Research
    Learn how to bring interdisciplinary faculty together from diverse schools/colleges, how to foster collaborative research, and how to keep the momentum going over time, as the group and objectives evolve.
  • "Leveraging the Foundation Relations Office to Connect to New Opportunities and Diversify Funding Portfolios"
    Maureen Martin, Executive Director, Foundation Relations, Office of University Development
    Allison McElroy, Associate Director, Foundation Relations, College of Literature, Science, & the Arts
    Michigan is a powerhouse in obtaining federal research funding, but it’s also strong in securing grants from private foundations and associations. In FY18, Michigan received more than $72M from such sponsors to support research in the sciences, arts, humanities, and community engaged work. Foundation Relations representatives will discuss how U-M performs in the private space (compared to peers), the importance of these funding sources, and the services their team provides, including funding searches, relationship building, helping faculty write for foundations, and navigating application processes.