Explore the topics below for more information on research support.
The Office for Research promotes, facilitates, and enhances research at Northwestern University, including by overseeing some $650 million in annual sponsored research funding. The Office supports Northwestern faculty in building and maintaining exemplary research programs and ensures that the research infrastructure is robust and responsive to the expanding needs of Northwestern investigators.
The units within the Office for Research maintain websites that provide current information specific to their missions. Because regulations and procedures governing research conduct and administration undergo frequent change, the sites listed on the Office for Research Administrative Offices page are updated regularly.
The Offices of Corporate Engagement and Foundation Relations are responsible for managing relationships between Northwestern University and corporations and foundations. These offices can assist faculty who are seeking funding for research, fellowships, and other scholarly projects.
Corporate Engagement (CE) serves as a gateway for corporations to access all areas of Northwestern. The CE team works with companies to create customized, strategic initiatives that support both corporate and University goals. In that role, the office works with faculty and administrators to facilitate philanthropic support, industry-sponsored research, mentoring, student placements, executive education, and other collaborations. The office coordinates with numerous units across campus including the Office of Sponsored Research, INVO, and Northwestern Career Advancement.
Faculty members should contact Corporate Engagement if they are looking for industry leaders in their respective fields, or if a company has contacted them directly. CE team members are available to discuss how to find and utilize corporate interests in your area.
Corporate Engagement regularly monitors formal and informal requests for proposals from companies and disseminates these announcements to applicable faculty and administrators.
The Office of Foundation Relations (OFR) works with Northwestern faculty and administrators across all schools and units who seek funding from private professional foundations. Our goal is to help faculty put together compelling proposals for research and outreach projects and submit these to foundations where they have a reasonable chance of being funded. In partnership with the Office for Sponsored Research, we coordinate and track all foundation grant activity on behalf of Northwestern University.
Please contact us if you are interested in seeking foundation funding. We offer the following services:
- We aim to position Northwestern as a preferred foundation partner. To that end, we track all University contacts with foundation leaders and staff in support of Northwestern’s long-term relationships with these funders.
- We meet with faculty to learn about their projects and identify potential foundation funders.
- We offer periodic workshops for those who wish to learn more about seeking foundation funding.
- We disseminate foundation Requests for Proposals (RFPs) and maintain a list of upcoming RFPs on our website.
- We provide guidance on writing effective letters of inquiry, proposals, and grant reports and review drafts from the foundation funder’s perspective. We also supply supplementary application materials, such as financial information and tax documentation.
- We help plan and coordinate foundation visits, whether meeting at Northwestern or the foundation's office.
- We assist with award processing, foundation stewardship, and grant reporting requirements.
For specific information on all of the research support resources available to faculty, visit the NUIT Research Resources webpage.
NUIT provides access to the world’s most advanced research networks for campus investigators. Northwestern’s HPC System, or Quest, is recognized among the most powerful supercomputers in the world. It includes data storage, data resources, and advanced instruments, all linked together by advanced software and high performance networks to improve research productivity and enable breakthroughs not otherwise possible.
The University’s central storage platform for research information, called Vault, provides alternative storage platforms for storing computational data. University researchers, faculty researchers, and post-doctoral researchers are able to use Vault to share research data in a collaborative environment, store large-scale computational research data and request additional storage for further data analysis.
NUIT participates in ongoing international, national and statewide networking initiatives such as StarLight, a proving ground for next-generation national and international optical networks optimized for high-performance applications. A list of global network research partners can be found on the NUIT website. NUIT also provides MATLAB, Mathematica, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), SAS, SPSS, X-Windows, and a growing list of open-source software applications to NU researchers. View a list of available products on the NUIT Software webpage.
The University’s Data Centers, located on the Evanston and Chicago campuses, offer researchers a cost-effective, secure, and reliable solution to hosting and managing physical servers. The Social Sciences Computing Cluster (SSCC) provides an advanced computational capability, a rich suite of statistical software applications, and a centrally-managed data storage service customized for social sciences research activities.
Research Grant & Proposal Consultation
General consultation for determining the appropriate sources of external funding for research projects as well as assistance with grant applications is available on the Office for Research Funding Resources page. NUIT can also assist in providing information technology-related assistance with grant applications.