One of the primary functions of the Office for Sponsored Research (OSR) is the campus-wide facilitation of proposal submission to external sponsors. Every year, OSR submits over two billion dollars’ worth of proposals to sponsors all over the world. Many of these proposals result in awards. These awards fuel Northwestern’s research enterprise, and solidify its position as one of the world’s premier research institutions.

While OSR is committed to helping all Northwestern principal investigators (PIs) prepare and submit successful proposals, OSR provides the highest level of service to proposals that meet internal deadlines.

The following are key steps in the proposal preparation and submission process: