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Research Offices

Research Support and Services

Research Offices

The Office for Research provides an integrated portfolio of expert services and resources to advance Northwestern’s transformative research efforts. From animal care and compliance to research safety and training, our team is there to support University discovery. 

Center for Comparative Medicine (CCM)

Provides quality animal care, promotes animal welfare and regulatory compliance, and trains humane animal care and use in research and education

CCM website >

Conflict of Interest (COI)

Oversees and implements the University’s institutional, research, faculty, and staff conflict of interest policies and procedures

Conflict of Interest website >

Core Facilities Administration

Provides financial support, administrative oversight, professional development, assessment and communication of shared research resources to advance research

Core Facilities Administration website>

Export Controls Compliance

Ensures that all University activity remains in compliance with an array of federal export control regulations

Export Controls Compliance website>

Innovation and New Ventures Office (INVO)

Fosters innovation and entrepreneurship by helping faculty and students translate technologies through commercialization for public benefit

INVO website>

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) Office

Enables animal research within the regulatory and compliance framework

IACUC Office website>

Institutional Review Board (IRB) Office

Protects the rights and welfare of human participants and equips the research community to conduct ethical human research

IRB Office website>

Northwestern Scholars

Manages the university’s research profiling and networking system

Northwestern Scholars website>


Office of the Vice President for Research

Milan Mrksich is the Vice President of Research. He oversees the University research infrastructure. 

Research Administrative Services

Manages the administrative and human resource needs of the Office for Research leadership and its approximately 800 employees in our administrative units and University Research Institutes and Centers, located on both the Chicago and Evanston campuses.

Research Administrative Services website >

Research Communications

Develops and promotes research storytelling and tactical research administrative communications within and outside the university

Research Communications website >

Research Development

Bridges disciplines and schools to catalyze interdisciplinary team science and facilitates development of competitive proposals

Research Development website >

Research Facilities and Planning

Assisting and advising research faculty to build out and maintain spaces and facilities.

Research Facilities and Planning website >

Research Financial Administration

Assists with all financial activities related to the Office for Research, including but not limited to financial reporting, purchasing and expense reimbursement.

Research Financial Administration website >

Research Integrity

Fosters research integrity and promotes responsible conduct of research through coordination of training & facilitation of alleged research misconduct reviews

Research Integrity website >

Research IT

Supports technology and process improvement to make research and compliance easier for investigators and staff

Research IT website >

Research Safety

We identify potential hazards and risks in research and find effective, practical solutions

Research Safety website >

Sponsored Research

Provides full service sponsored project support from proposal development through project closeout

Sponsored Research website >

University Research Institute and Center Administration

Facilitates the planning and deployment of strategic resources in support of University Research Institutes and Centers (URICs)

University Research Institute and Center Administration website >