Northwestern University Grants

To support of Third Coast CFAR junior investigators, a list of internal research grant opportunities will be posted. Please contact Fern Murdoch at for assistance with Pilot award or Community Collaboration award applications. Contact information for other internal opportunities listed below will be listed on their respective websites.


Friends of Prentice
Applications usually due in January

Biomedical Data Driven Discovery (BD3) Training Program
The aim of BD3 is to train future scientists for both academia and industry who will develop novel Big Data methods to advance science and improve health.

Center for Community Health (CCH) Seed Grants

With the CCH and its two programs: the Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities (ARCC) and the Practice-Based Research Program (PBR-P), seed grants are offered for investigators and community-based collaborators to develop research partnerships and projects.

Dixon Translational Research Grants
These grants seek proposals for highly innovative, multi-disciplinary clinical and translational research collaborations to accelerate the identification and implementation of new treatments to improve human health.

Northwestern Medicine® Enterprise Data Warehouse (NMEDW) Pilot Data Program
Formerly called the EDW Young Investigator Seed Grant Program.  This program provides EDW Analyst assistance to support proposal development.

NUCATS Voucher and Pilot Programs
The NUCATS Voucher and Pilot Programs are a funding mechanism designed to accelerate research by providing rapid, targeted funding to address small, but critical gaps in clinical and translational research work that is otherwise at present not funded by other sources.

NU-Interdisciplinary Program 1-2-3
The Office for Research and the Deans are pleased to announce a new seed-funding platform to cultivate investigator-initiated visionary “Big Ideas”.  The NU-Interdisciplinary Program 1-2-3 was developed in response to gaps and needs that were identified as possibly hindering the pursuit of bold research at Northwestern University.  Such barriers include: need for proactive planning for growth, lack of seed funding to “nucleate” new groups, need for fast-track approvals for resources, and need for supporting team-based research.  The program is designed to enable faculty to “jump start” bold, innovative science in a risk-tolerant environment.

Feinberg School of Medicine Multi-Investigator Seed Grants
The Feinberg School of Medicine is pleased to announce a new program that will provide seed funding up to $15,000 (up to $500 to $1,000 for a retreat, and up to $14,000 for application preparation) to initiate new multi-investigator grant applications involving Feinberg faculty. The funds are intended to support new applications, preferably to the National Institutes of Health. There is an expectation of casting a wide net, such that research projects ought to involve at least two faculty members from outside the home department of the principal investigator, which may include Evanston.

Cancer Center Funds:
H Foundation NCI Stimulus Awards
1 yr, $20,000
Purpose: To assist faculty in procurement of NCI-funded R01 grants
Eligibility: Must be member of a Lurie Cancer Center Basic Sciences Research Program; must have submitted a first-in-career R01 application to the NCI that was scored but not funded OR received a score near the payline on a competitive renewal application

Lea Charitable Trust Equipment Grants
Purpose: Supports purchase of small equipment for collaborative projects or for use by multiple investigators
Eligibility: Members of a Lurie Cancer Center Basic Sciences Research Program

Lurie Cancer Center Funds Supporting Investigator-Initiated Clinical/Translational Studies
5yr, $50,000
Purpose: Support for innovative, investigator-initiated trials and novel translational research conducted at the Lurie Cancer Center, that may serve as the foundation for larger, nationally funded studies.
Eligibility: Cancer Center investigators with protocols reviewed and approved by the Lurie Cancer Center Scientific Review Committee (SRC)

CCSG Funds Supporting Early Phase Clinical Research
up to $100,000
Purpose: Support for under-funded early phase NU investigator-initiated trials
Eligibility: Studies must be early phase/feasibility trials
Buffett Institute for Global Studies

iCET Request for Seed Project Proposal RFP
The Institute for Cellular Engineering Technologies invites applications for seed projects involving novel early-stage research related to cellular engineering topics as described on the iCET website ( The goal is to support new research initiatives andinterdisciplinary research partnerships,involving faculty members of at least two of the Schools participating in the Institute (McCormick School of Engineering, Feinberg School of Medicine, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, and Kellogg School of Management), toward generating preliminary data for securing external federal or industry funding. The next deadline is April 26, 2016.

Chicago Region Physical Sciences-Oncology Center
In keeping with its mission of discovery and innovation, the Physical Sciences-Oncology Center will foster new research projects that both push its existing work in novel directions and strengthen collaborative relationships within and beyond the PS-OC network.
This commitment is supported by three funding opportunities for Center investigators–Pilot Projects, Trans-Network Projects, and Out-of-Network Projects. These awards will be made available through separate application processes detailed on the individual project pages.

Weinberg College Research Innovation Grants (W Awards)
Weinberg College announces the second year of its initiative to provide seed funding for catalyzing creative exploratory research.  This is a program to facilitate scholarly inquiry by Weinberg College faculty- including innovative new work, significant changes in research direction, and new collaborative ventures.  We invite applications from all the diverse disciplinary and interdisciplinary spaces embraced by Weinberg College.
Proposals may be submitted in two categories (up to $10,000 or up to $50,000) dependent on the scope of the study.  Proposals may come from a single investigator or from a collaborative team.  We encourage applications that address issues relevant to the College’s current thematic vectors-A Data Revolution;When Cultures Meet; andThe Nature of Things- but this is not a requirement, and proposals in any area of scholarly inquiry are welcome.

Eligibility: All full-time continuing Weinberg College faculty are eligible.  The proposed work must not be otherwise funded.