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About Research at Northwestern

Bold, collaborative discovery is a hallmark of Northwestern research. Our faculty are global experts who pursue breakthroughs that strengthen society and increase our understanding. Bridging theory and practice, they are senior policy advisers on education, economics, healthcare, energy, security, and more. Northwestern | Research is an integral part of this ecosystem, providing a portfolio of services and resources to help advance breakthrough knowledge creation.


Founded in 1851, Northwestern is a leading research university, with an annual budget of $2 billion and annual sponsored research awards of $887.3 million. Located on three campuses – Chicago, Evanston, and Doha, Qatar – Northwestern enrolls more than 20,000 students and employs 3,300 full-time faculty and 5,700 staff.

Northwestern has a long history of interdisciplinary research leadership, harnessing diverse expertise to address society’s most challenging problems. More than 90 school-based centers and 40+ University Research Institutes and Centers create knowledge across all fields, including nanotechnology, chemistry, neuroscience, biotechnology, the arts and humanities, public policy, materials science and engineering, artificial intelligence and drug discovery.

The Office for Research plays a strategic role in developing the best research programs and facilities; attracting exceptional faculty; and helping to administer $887.3 million in annual funding from federal agencies, foundations, and corporations. The Office supports Northwestern’s research success in various ways: