Research Development Events

Professional Development & Collaboration Opportunities

Upcoming Events

NSF CAREER Summary Workshop

This interactive workshop starts with a strategic framework for responding to NSF merit criteria in each section of the Project Summary. Participants will then break into small groups to review draft summaries with peers, senior faculty and experienced NSF reviewers. This workshop is a great opportunity to get feedback and advice on a CAREER project summary or any NSF project summary, or just to see how winning summaries are developed. Please send your draft to by Monday, May 23. Draft documents will be shared with participants in advance of the workshop.


Thursday, June 2nd 12:00-1:30 PM

Equipment Grants Workshop

Funding to purchase advanced instrumentation and create new facilities is a rare resource. Many research grants don’t allow the purchase of high-value equipment, so chances to get funding for instrumentation are limited to a few key recurring programs and occasional quick-response opportunities. At this workshop we’ll discuss the most reliable sources for instrumentation funding (NSF MRI, NIH S10, DOD DURIP, etc.) and share lessons learned from Northeastern faculty who have successfully received instrumentation funding. We’ll also discuss how you can be prepared for quick-response opportunities and how to seek funding from non-federal sources, such as state programs, philanthropy, and corporate partners.


Monday, June 6th 11:30-1:00 PM virtual meeting

WHOI-NU Joint Research Symposium

Senior leadership from both institutions will kick off the event, which will include lightning talks by faculty at both institutions, networking session, and a tour of WHOI research facilities. Faculty talks will cover a broad range of emerging blue economy and coastal sustainability research priorities including ‘omics, AI and ML for marine science, acoustic/soundscape data, visual tracking, and underwater robotics. A limited number of spots for in-person participation are available.


Monday, June 13th 10:00-3:00 PM (in-person and virtual meeting)

Training Grants Workshop

Training programs are prestigious and highly competitive funding mechanisms; they are excellent opportunities to provide novel training experiences to students at PhD-, Masters-, and undergraduate-levels, as well as to postdocs. This workshop will discuss programs that fund training programs (such as the NSF NRT, NIH T32, DoEd GAANN, etc.) and share lessons learned from faculty who have successfully received training grant funding. We will also discuss how to construct competitive proposals, provide tips on successfully administrating the program (including annual data collection needs), and describe university resources available to support your effort.


Wednesday, June 15th 11:30-1:00 PM virtual meeting

Past Events

Center Grants Workshop

This overview will provide the necessary scaffolding for preparing center-level grants. We will engage faculty to think more strategically about writing the narrative of a large complex grant proposal as well as team formation and other key components for center grants. This workshop is open to all NU faculty and staff. Information shared in this workshop will be helpful to anyone thinking to submit a center grant in the next 3-5 years. In addition to a brief presentation by Research Development staff, faculty panelists will share their experience submitting to different center programs, discuss what reviewers are looking for, and answer questions from participants.


Monday, May 23rd 11:30-1:00 PM Curry Student Center

Accelerating Research Along the Path to Commercialization

This talk will feature presentations by representatives from Northeastern’s Center for Research Innovation (CRI), Mark Saulich, Associate Director of Commercialization, and Katie Hemphill, Director of Technology Ventures and Talent Network. There are a variety of steps required to transition technologies from the research lab to the marketplace. Each step comes with its own set of questions and challenges. How do you protect your innovation and when is the right time? What is the right path to market? What are the obstacles to get there? What resources are available for investigators and entrepreneurs? Participate in this discussion and Q&A session to learn more.


Thursday, May 19th 2:00-2:45 PM

Resources for Honorific Awards Nominators

This workshop is for department chairs, college deans and anyone involved in nominating faculty for Honorific Awards. The HAI was formed in June 2021 with HA leads from each college. Our goal is to increase the number of award nominations, and by extension, the number of awards received, and recognize our outstanding faculty for their achievements.


Wednesday, May 18th 2:00-3:00 PM

Behind the Scenes at Science

Researchers from across Northeastern and beyond are invited to this talk with Valda Vinson, Editor (Research) at Science. Submitting a manuscript to a journal can feel like dropping it into a black box. This talk will aim to shed some light on the process at Science. What happens to that manuscript after you hit submit – who reads it and how do they decide what to do? Is there anything you can do to help or hurt the chance that your manuscript is favorably received? Do editors ask suggested reviewers, do they honor reviewer exclusions? For papers that are published are there strategies to increase visibility? We not only want to make our processes transparent, but also want to engage with authors and reviewers so that together we can effectively communicate robust and reproduceable science.


Monday, May 16th 2:00-3:00 PM

Broader Impacts Workshop

Broader Impacts do Matter: Join a panel of CAREER awardees in discussing the strategies and resources they used to design well-integrated broader impact components for NSF merit review — and explore existing NU programs and resources that are available to assist you with addressing this critical component of your proposal. A Broader Impacts Resource Panel will include participants such as the Center for STEM Education, the Office of City and Community Engagement, and the Center for Advancing Teaching & Learning Through Research (CATLR). Information shared in this workshop will be helpful to all NSF program applicants as well as to those who are new to NSF.


Thursday, April 28th 12:00-1:30 PM

 Successful CAREERs: A Discussion of How to Approach the NSF CAREER Award

Join a panel of Northeastern NSF CAREER award recipients as they share their experiences and lessons learned along the way to an award. Hear how building a successful CAREER proposal differs from other research grants, how to work with NSF Program Officers, and steps to rebound from a declined attempt and craft a winning strategy. This workshop will be helpful to new faculty considering a future submission as well as those who may be planning their second or third CAREER submission.


Tuesday, April 5th 12:00-1:30 PM

ARPA-H Webinar and Q&A Session

This webinar will serve as a chance for faculty to learn about ARPA-H. We hope to start a campus wide discussion on how to develop successful proposals for this new agency.


Thursday, January 20th 2:30-4:00 PM

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ARPA-model Agencies Webinar and Q&A Session

This webinar will serve as a chance for faculty to learn about ARPA-model agencies and how to prepare your ideas for funding by these agencies. Research Development has assembled a panel of external experts and Northeastern faculty with successes at some of these agencies to provide their perspective on working with ARPA-model agencies and answer questions you may have. We hope to start a campus wide discussion on how to develop successful proposals for these agencies and future agencies, such as the proposed ARPA-H for health.


Thursday, December 9th 3:00-5:00 PM

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Fall 2021 Experiential Innovation for Research Impact Workshops

Do you need research funding? Want to increase the impact of your research?
This workshop is designed to address these needs. Value creation is not the result of luck or genius alone, it is the result of a disciplined process that can be learned, shared, and improved. This lesson applies from the most basic, fundamental research to applied research and commercialization. The goal is to improve research collaboration, probability of success, and impact. Workshop facilitators: Curt Carlson, Ph.D. & Len Polizzotto, Ph.D.


Tues. October 19, Tues. November 9, or Wed. December 1, 1:00-5:00 PM

Demystifying Fulbright Fellowships 

Join us to learn about how Fulbright Fellowships work, with guest Julie Taylor, outreach coordinator for the Fulbright Fellowships. Julie will share information on the fellowships, including the various options that are available, how and when to apply, and what kinds of resources a fellowship offers. A faculty panel of four current and former Northeastern Fulbright Fellows will share their experiences and what they’ve learned from the process, and answer questions.


Thursday, October 28, 2:00 – 3:00 PM

For access to additional workshop recordings and training materials please visit the SharePoint Research Development Resources site.

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