Bold, collaborative discovery is a hallmark of Northwestern's research enterprise. Our faculty members are global experts pursuing breakthroughs that strengthen society and advance our understanding of the complex forces that shape our world. Bridging theory and practice, they serve as senior policy advisors on education, economics, healthcare, security, and more.
Founded in 1851, Northwestern is one of the nation's leading private research universities, with an annual budget of $2 billion and annual sponsored research awards in excess of $620 million. Located on three campuses — Chicago, Evanston, and Doha, Qatar — Northwestern enrolls more than 20,000 students, and employs over 3,300 full-time faculty and 5,700 full- and part-time staff.
Northwestern has a long history of interdisciplinary research leadership, harnessing diverse expertise to solve society's most challenging problems. More than 100 school-based centers and 49 University research centers create knowledge across all fields, including international and domestic policy, neuroscience, nanotechnology, biotechnology, materials science, and drug discovery. Notable recent investments in the University include alumna Roberta Buffett Elliott's endowed gift to the Buffett Institute for Global Studies and a major gift from Louis A. Simpson and Kimberly K. Querrey to create a transformative biomedical research center. This new center will spur further collaboration among University researchers, including scientists from the Stanley Manne Children's Research Institute.
At the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center, some 250 scientists and physicians are dedicated to the highest standards of research, patient care, prevention, and education. Under the umbrella of Northwestern Medicine, physician-researchers from the region's finest hospitals hold faculty appointments at Northwestern's Feinberg School of Medicine. They serve as important links between medical research, education, and practice. Northwestern's strong relationships with Argonne National Laboratory and Fermi National Laboratory encourage interdisciplinary research programs in nanotechnology, energy generation and storage, computation, and the biomedical and physical sciences.
In this ecosystem, the Office for Research (OR) plays a strategic role in developing the best research programs and facilities; attracting exceptional faculty; and administering more than a half-billion in annual funding from federal agencies, foundations, and corporations. OR achieves these goals in various ways, such as: