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Resource Planning

The Resource Planning Process ensures that our resources support our ambitious goals for Northwestern and brings clarity and transparency to the processes underlying the Provost’s investment decisions and deployment of University resources. Further, it aligns resources with University priorities and school/unit strategies, coordinates operating and capital resource planning, and enables long-range planning.


 Targeted FY 2021 Investments

FY 2021 incremental funding will focus on four priority areas:

These priorities will enable us to optimally support our most valuable assets—our faculty, staff, and students—and to strategically invest in the areas that will bear the most positive impact for Northwestern. Additionally, we will continue to fund priority needs to maintain safety and security.

It is expected that limited additional incremental funding will be available to schools and units through the resource planning process. We encourage you only to put forward your most pressing and highest priority requests in the 2019-2020 planning cycle for FY 2021. 


 Current Year (FY 2020) Urgent Resource Request Process

This year, we will be following a more structured, quarterly review process for current year (FY 2020) urgent capital and operating requests.  The Urgent Requests page  describes the quarterly submission and subsequent review process in greater detail.


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