- Pilot and Feasibility (Seed) Funding: The Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (NUCATS) offers a comprehensive listing of pilot and feasibility (seed) funding resources at Northwestern and the region. Generally, these programs fund the early stages of research. Some opportunities are restricted to members of a specific center or institute.
- Funding for Instrumentation Grants: For inquiries, please consult the Office for Research webpage on Shared and Core Facilities to determine whether the instrument you are considering is already available in an existing facility or whether it might make sense to propose placing it in one of them. If you would like to discuss these options or other possibilities, please contact Philip Hockberger, Director of Core Facilities.
- Community of Science (COS) Funding Alerts: COS is a large funding database that contains awards from the government, philanthropic, and industrial sectors in all fields. Email notifications can be sent daily, weekly, or monthly. Northwestern has a subscription to COS making it free to the Northwestern Community with a NetID.
- InfoEd SPIN Database: InfoEd is a large funding database that contains awards from the government, philanthropic, and industrial sectors in all fields. Northwestern has a subscription making it free to Northwestern Faculty, Staff, and Students with a NetID.
The University Research Grants Committee (URGC), a faculty committee administered by The Graduate School, reviews proposals from faculty for support of research and creative arts projects. University Research Grants are intended to support the research and creative projects of faculty in fields for which there is little or no external funding or start-up money available.
The Office of Foundation Relations is Northwestern's central office in support of fundraising from private professional foundations. The Office of Foundation Relations is available to work with Northwestern faculty who are planning to approach private foundations. We provide research information on foundations and identify those that might be interested in funding particular projects. We review proposals and letters of inquiry, provide editorial assistance, and help gather materials for submission. Our office also works closely with the Office of Sponsored Research to coordinate grant proposals and process awards.
The Office of Corporate Engagement facilitates any connections between Northwestern faculty, students, and staff seeking support from corporations for the purposes of research, scholarship, and strategic engagement. Contact Corporate Relations with inquiries regarding funding opportunities.
Feinberg School of Medicine Research Funding Opportunities: The Office of Research at the Feinberg School of Medicine lists various different types of funding for faculty.