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Office for Research
Creating New Knowledge
Research Partners: National Laboratories and Other Collaborators
Northwestern's strong collaborative relationships with nearby Argonne National Laboratory and Fermi National Laboratory encourage interdisciplinary research programs in the biomedical and physical sciences.
Argonne National Laboratory
Argonne National Laboratory is one of the nation's leading federally funded research and development centers, employing approximately 2,900 employees, including about 1,000 scientists and engineers. Argonne's annual operating budget of about $475 million supports upwards of 200 research projects.
Northwestern participates as a financial partner in Argonne's management as part of the UChicago Argonne LLC, a consortium owned by the University of Chicago with Northwestern, the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign, and the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Fermi National Accelarator Laboratory (Fermilab)
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory advances the understanding of the fundamental nature of matter and energy by providing leadership and resources for qualified researchers to conduct basic research at the frontiers of high energy physics and related disciplines.
Northwestern is part of a consortium with Universities Research Association (URA), a large group of universities, and the University of Chicago (UChicago) that won the contract to manage the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. These management roles facilitate joint appointments and joint programs between universities and national laboratories that add greatly to the strength and quality of all the institutions involved.
High-energy physics research is focusing on a new accelerator in Europe. Looking into the next decade, there will be a competition among countries to host a new international linear collider (ILC). If this multibillion dollar facility comes to the United States, it is expected to be built at Fermilab. In that case, there would be a major opportunity to attract high-energy physicists to the Chicago region. If the ILC is built here, Chicago-area universities will be able to join forces with Fermilab to provide the staff, researchers and students to make the collider as productive as possible.
The Chicago Biomedical Consortium
The Chicago Biomedical Consortium brings together the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Chicago and Northwestern. Launched with impetus and support from the Searle Funds at the Chicago Community Trust, the CBC stimulates collaborative biomedical research programs, training, and creation of shared facilities.
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.