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Office for Research
Creating New Knowledge
About Northwestern's Office for Research
Founded in 1851, Northwestern University is one of the country's leading private research universities, with an annual budget of $2 billion and sponsored research in excess of $500 million. Located on two lakeshore campuses - one in Chicago and one in Evanston, the first suburb north of Chicago - Northwestern enrolls about 17,000 students and has some 2,500 full-time faculty.
The University has a long history of leadership in interdisciplinary research programs and centers. More than 90 school-based centers and more than two dozen University centers support interdisciplinary research that spans a wide spectrum of areas, including neuroscience, nanotechnology, biotechnology, and drug discovery.
The goal of research is to understand the basic principles of how Nature and human society and culture actually work and to be able to apply these principles to improve the human condition on planet Earth.
Traditionally the research university has been divided into many different disciplines with scholars working in isolation. Many of the most difficult, complex and interesting problems that human society faces, and many of the most interesting intellectual opportunities, require people from many different disciplines to work together. The research university is the only place that has all of the people needed. However, the formation of multidisciplinary research teams constitutes a major culture change for most universities.
At Northwestern, we are perfectly positioned for such multidisciplinary work. We have the kind of interdisciplinary culture here that other universities are struggling to establish. We have a half-century of research experience in our centers and institutes like the Program of African Studies, the Institute for Policy Research and the Materials Research Center. All these projects have such positive potential for the future of our planet and our society.
At the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center, some 250 world-class scientists and physicians are dedicated to the highest standards of research, patient care, prevention, and education.
Physicians at some of the region's finest hospitals hold faculty appointments at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine and serve as important links between medical research, medical education and medical practice.
Northwestern's strong collaborative relationships with nearby Argonne National Laboratory and Fermi National Laboratory encourage interdisciplinary research programs in the biomedical and physical sciences.
New research buildings have substantially increased the research space and state-of-the-art facilities available to Northwestern investigators. On the Evanston campus, the Ryan Center for Nanofabrication and Molecular Self-Assembly opened in 2002, and the Arthur and Gladys Pancoe-Evanston Northwestern Healthcare Life Sciences Pavilion was dedicated in 2003. Silverman Hall for Molecular Therapeutics & Diagnostics on the Evanston north campus which opened in 2009, was named for a Northwestern researcher who has donated a portion of the royalties that he receives from sales of Lyrica, the drug he developed while doing research at Northwestern.
On the Chicago campus, the Robert H. Lurie Medical Research Center opened in spring 2005. The 12-story Lurie Center houses nine floors of laboratories and several offices to support research in genetics and molecular medicine, cancer, neurosciences, and biomedical engineering.
The Innovation and New Ventures Office assists faculty, students, and staff in moving academic innovation from the bench to the market. Visit the Innovation and New Ventures Office to view technologies available for license.
One of the compelling reasons to pursue a career in research is that people everywhere are interested in the same questions. Being involved with cutting-edge research means having colleagues and peers in nearly every corner of the world. Being involved with people on different continents and being able to live and visit in other societies is an enormous side benefit of a research career.
Office for Research 633 Clark Street, Evanston, IL 60208-1108 | 847-491-2101
The Office for Research promotes, facilitates and enhances research at Northwestern University.