McCormick partners with key collaborators such as Argonne National Laboratory, one of the nation’s largest science research centers.McCormick partners with key collaborators such as Argonne National Laboratory, one of the nation’s largest science research centers.
Award-winning faculty cross disciplines to create new knowledge and pass their expertise onto our students.Award-winning faculty cross disciplines to create new knowledge and pass their expertise onto our students.
McCormick’s strategic priorities drive our research areas to address some of the most challenging global problems today.McCormick’s strategic priorities drive our research areas to address some of the most challenging global problems today.

Research and Faculty

McCormick is a diverse and dynamic research institution with a host of interdisciplinary research centers and programs whose results benefit millions of people around the world.

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Collaborative Research

Our world is changing at an accelerated pace, and the boundaries between disciplines are blurring. Under these dynamic conditions, we face global challenges at a scale never before seen.

At McCormick, we are making strategic investments in research areas that will drive our progress in the coming years. As these areas intersect, they provide focal points that connect our faculty and students throughout the school.

In addition to collaborating with the different schools and departments across campus and serving as a hub for Northwestern’s interdisciplinary research efforts, McCormick researchers have ongoing collaborations with dozens of universities, organizations, and research centers worldwide. These collaborations are changing the world and expanding the boundaries of our established knowledge.

Explore an interactive graphic illustrating McCormick’s collaborative research networks within Northwestern

Research Funding

McCormick’s research enterprise funds more than 1,000 researchers in more than 250 labs.

While the majority of Northwestern’s research funding comes from government sources, corporate sponsored research represents a growing opportunity for McCormick professors. Companies now fund more than 10 percent of research at the school.

Patent and Startup Support

McCormick professors work with Northwestern’s Innovation and New Ventures Office (INVO) to turn their research and innovations into patents and businesses. A hub for innovation at Northwestern, McCormick is consistently responsible for half of all the University’s invention disclosures and faculty startups.

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Key Collaborators

Argonne National Laboratory

Through the Northwestern-Argonne Institute for Science and Engineering (NAISE), McCormick faculty regularly partner with researchers at Argonne National Laboratory, one of the nation’s oldest and largest science research centers and home to some of the most high-tech facilities in the world.

Northwestern Medicine

McCormick works closely with professors and physicians at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (NUCATS) to advance medical progress and inspire new partnerships.

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

McCormick collaborates frequently with the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, the nation’s top-ranked rehabilitation center, to design better rehabilitation robotics and artificial limbs.

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Solving Global Problems

McCormick’s strategic priorities drive our research areas to address some of the most challenging global problems today:

  • Systems research ranges from data mining and optimization to synthetic biology and network analysis
  • Materials research encompasses everything from computational design of new materials to developing nanomaterials for energy applications
  • Health and wellness research includes the development of new tools for diagnosing cancer, less expensive medical devices for emergent nations, and models of how biological processes work
  • Energy and environment research aims to find new ways to harness energy sources while making current sources more sustainable

Global McCormick

Global McCormick helps all McCormick scholars – including faculty, postdocs, graduate students, and undergraduates – to engage in the global marketplace of talents and ideas and to develop research collaborations worldwide.

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World-Class Faculty

Our award-winning faculty, including several national academy members, across disciplines to create new knowledge while maintaining a solid grounding in the fundamentals. They transfer their expertise and passion for their fields to every student and collaborator as they continue to advance scientific and engineering knowledge.

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Interdisciplinary Research Centers & Offices

View a complete list of research centers at Northwestern