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About Us

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

Sponsored Research assists investigators in proposing and managing sponsored programs in support of Northwestern University’s mission of innovative research, excellent teaching, and public service, serving as the university’s central research administration office and institutional point of contact.

Sponsored Research aims to provide highly efficient, consistent, compliant support, and excellent service for the University’s research activity and aspirations.

SR is 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

SR Staff

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