Working with McCormick Faculty
We assist McCormick faculty in their pursuit and management of external funding as they engage in research to solve challenging scientific problems for the advancement of society.
We help McCormick faculty members with all aspects of sponsored funding, but predominantly with the administrative elements associated with proposal preparation and award management.
Compliance and Stewardship Goal
Our goal is to provide needed administrative assistance to the faculty while always maintaining a high-level of stewardship and mindfulness of the public trust. Government regulations, along with University policies, guide everything that we do.
These regulations and policies help ensure that funds from outside sponsors are used for the benefit of all and that research at Northwestern University is conducted with the highest ethical standards.
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Browse our site to find information about sponsored research:
- Policies & Procedures
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- Resources & Forms
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- Frequently Asked Questions
- Staff Directory
NU Sponsored Research Updates and Sponsor Notifications
- The NSF GPG has been updated with minor changes starting December 26, 2014. Click here for the list of GPG updates; or read the complete updated GPG here: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/policydocs/pappguide/nsf15001/nsf15_1.pdf.
- Based on Notice Number NOT-OD-15-049, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), including NIH, the pay scale for Executive Level II NIH salary cap was increased from $181,500 to $183,300 effective January 11, 2015.
- Per Notice Number NOT-OD-15-032, NIH has releases the templates for their new biosketch format. The new format is required for all NIH proposals due on or After May 25, 2015.
- Based on Notice Number NOT-OD-14-103, NIH has adjusted their Payment Management System (PMS) timeline. The timeline for the subaccounting implementation deadline has been extended to October 1, 2015. Please note that all new awards and competing continuations issued on or after October 1, 2013 use the new subaccount process. The change to the subaccount process will also limit the request of funds to 90 days after the award project end date.
- Updated fringe benefit rates for NU employees have been released for FY15.
- Updated RAS tuition rates for NU graduate students have been released for FY15.
- Effective April 22, 2014, NIH and AHRQ have announced an update to their proposal policies. They will accept a new (A0) application following an unsuccessful resubmission (A1) application. The subsequent new application need not demonstrate substantial changes in scientific direction compared to previously reviewed submissions, and must not contain an introduction to respond to the critiques from the previous review.
- The January 2014 NIH system update has increased the character limit from 81 characters to 200 characters for project titles. Note that when submitting a Revision application, applicants must use the exact project title displayed in eRA Commons for the awarded application. If the project title of the awarded grant was previously truncated to 81 characters, then only those 81 characters can be used for the Revision application.
- Both NSF and NIH have been much more stringent on their proposal review recently, sometimes returning the proposal without scientific review. To best make sure all administrative items are winthin compliance, please work with your RA to complete everything as soon as possible to ensure quality review time. Also, you can refer to the NSF checklist and the NIH checklist.