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About Us

Our Mission

As the university’s Authorized Organizational Representative, the mission of Northwestern Sponsored Research is to steward, promote, and advocate Northwestern’s research enterprise by providing responsive, compliant, comprehensive administration of the University’s sponsored research and sponsored activity.

What We Do

Northwestern Sponsored Research (SR) is the University’s central pre-award and non-financial post-award research administration unit. Sponsored Research is accountable to the university and external sponsors for compliance, review, advisement, negotiation, approval and authorization of all sponsored research activity. We are responsible for:

  • Effective and timely handling of research proposals
  • Preparation, interpretation, negotiation and execution of agreements on behalf of Northwestern University for projects funded by all sponsor types
  • Drafting, negotiating, and executing awards and subawards for collaborative research
  • Establishment of financial accounts for sponsored projects

Who We Are

With a leadership team that brings a wealth of experience to their work, SR undertakes a number of initiatives designed to improve processes and enhance research activities at Northwestern.

The Sponsored Research team is a valuable resource for investigators and research staff during each stage of the sponsored research lifecycle.