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Offices and Services

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 Animal Care Program

  • Provide required training, occupational health enrollment, creation and completion of your Animal Study Protocol, personnel additions, and other amendments, as well as facility access, onboarding, hands-on training following protocol approval and other resources
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Research Development

  • Bridge disciplines and schools to catalyze interdisciplinary team science and facilitate development of competitive proposals

Sponsored Research

  • Provide full service sponsored project support from proposal development through project closeout
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Conflict of Interest

  • Oversee and implement the University’s institutional, research, faculty, and staff conflict of interest policies and procedures
Export Controls & International Compliance
  • Ensure that all University activity remains in compliance with an array of federal export control regulations
Research Integrity
  • Foster research integrity and promote responsible conduct of research through coordination of training & facilitation of alleged research misconduct reviews
Research Safety
  • Identify potential hazards and risks in research and find effective, practical solutions
Research Security
  • Support our core values of integrity, collaboration, and innovation while protecting against improper foreign interference, conflicts of commitment, and other security issues
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Innovation and New Ventures Office

  • Foster innovation and entrepreneurship by helping faculty and students translate technologies through commercialization for public benefit


Research HR Administration

  • Manage the administrative and human resource needs of the Office for Research leadership and its approximately 800 employees in our administrative units and University Research Institutes and Centers, located on both the Chicago and Evanston campuses
Research Analytics
  • Promote a data-driven culture in the Office for Research by partnering with key stakeholders to develop analytics solutions for informed decision making. Northwestern Scholars is a program of this unit

Research Communications

  • Support research leadership’s strategic communication and help promote research storytelling and administrative engagement.
Research Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Committed to supporting institutional and community practices to make progress and change through learning, reflection and action in the Office for Research
Research Facilities and Planning
  • Advise and assist research faculty on the management, development and renovation of technical facilities and administrative workspaces.
Research Financial Administration
  • Assist with all financial activities related to the Office for Research, including but not limited to financial reporting, purchasing and expense reimbursement
Research IT
  • Support technology and process improvement to make research and compliance easier for investigators and staff
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  • About the Vice President for Research and his messages to the Office for Research and the Northwestern research community