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Frequently Asked Questions
Questions about Limited Submissions
For questions about Limited Submissions, please see the Limited Submissions FAQ page.
How is ORD different from OSR?
The Office of Research Development (ORD) works in partnership with faculty to provide support for the early stages of program and proposal development of multi, inter-, and transdisciplinary and team-based research. Our unit focuses on strategic, catalytic, and capacity building research development activities. The Office for Sponsored Research (OSR) is responsible for overall research administration and grants and contract management for the entire University. OSR is involved in general proposal development and submission, reviewing and endorsing proposals, negotiating agreements, accepting and appropriating awards, interpreting guidelines and promoting compliance with sponsor and University policies. ORD and OSR work together to best serve the faculty when they are developing multi, inter-, or transdisciplinary and team-based grant or contract proposals.
I just decided to do a multi/interdisciplinary research center proposal, how do I go about getting assistance from ORD?
Contact Fruma Yehiely, Director of ORD, and let her know your intentions. Share the name of the program and solicitation number, if available, along with any critical deadlines (e. g. letter of intent, preliminary proposal, full proposal). They will be back in contact right away to set up a meeting at your office to discuss the opportunity and how ORD can provide assistance with the program and proposal development. We strongly recommend you send an email message to your Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) Grants and Contract Officer (GCO) to let her/him know your intention to submit a proposal as well.
I plan to request cost share/match for a multi-departmental/school proposal, what do I need to do first?
Effective February 01, 2012, all letters of support (with cost-sharing and those with no measurable support) are processed through Kelly Morrison, Cost Share Officer. Please contact her with any request for cost share/match.
How do I find funding opportunities to support my research?
The Office for Research provides access to numerous online funding resources for Northwestern researchers. These resources house a tremendous number of funding opportunities and provide powerful ways to search them. If you have questions about using any of the following tools, Northwestern researchers can contact the following:
A list of pilot & feasibility/seed awards available through numerous University sources is available at http://www.nucats.northwestern.edu/pilots/index.html.
How to get ORD to apprise me of multi-, inter-, or transdisciplinary research center and consortia type funding opportunities?
ORD maintains a series of research domain-specific listservs that enable us to disseminate funding opportunities and related research information to groups of researchers. You can propose a new listserv at any time by sending a request to Aleksandra Mechetner. In addition, the Director culls through over a dozen funding databases every week searching for opportunities that may be of interest to our investigators, and then disseminates this in a targeted way via email. You can also send a one-page research description to Fruma Yehiely so that she considers the type of opportunities that may align with your research program.
A funding agency offering a new funding opportunity program is holding a live technical workshop that I would like to attend, how do I gain access to travel support from ORD?
Contact Fruma Yehiely to make your request for funding to attend the meeting/workshop. You will then work with staff in ORD regarding the required University T&E documentation for your reimbursement.
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