Funding Opportunities


Sponsors often communicate their research priorities via public funding opportunity announcements (FOAs), also called solicitations. Solicitation terminology can vary from sponsor to sponsor, but other common names for FOAs are program announcements (PAs), requests for applications (RFAs) and requests for proposals (RFPs).
It is not uncommon for another organization intending to submit a proposal to an FOA to invite Northwestern to collaborate as a subcontractor. In these cases, Northwestern typically submits subcontract proposal materials to the organization directly submitting the proposal to the sponsor.

Related Northwestern University Offices

Research Development advances Northwestern's research competitiveness by designing and executing strategic, proactive and catalytic activities aimed at securing federal funding. Research Development facilitates collaborations and interdisciplinary program across departments and campuses; provides project management,  programmatic support, and team science guidance for the development of large interdisciplinary proposals and initiatives; anticipates, identifies and disseminates funding opportunities; manages the Institutional Limited Submission Process; and guides early career investigators across all disciplines. Research Development offers a wide variety of resources to help faculty and staff locate FOAs of interest.

Northwestern's Corporate Engagement (CE) team serves as a gateway for the corporate community to Northwestern University. CE assists companies in cultivating relationships with Northwestern, connecting companies to the appropriate faculty researchers and developing engagement strategies that align with the mission and objectives of both the company and Northwestern.

The Office of Foundation Relations (OFR) applies its expertise on foundations to assist Northwestern faculty and administrators across all schools and units who seek funding from private foundations. OFR helps faculty members secure foundation funding for their projects by identifying potential funding sources, advising on strategy, and assisting in the development of compelling proposals. To advance the University’s productive relationships with these funders, OFR works in partnership with offices across the university to coordinate and track all Northwestern foundation activity. On behalf of NU, OFR manages a portfolio of more than 500 foundations that give to higher education.  Faculty and staff are encouraged to contact OFR before applying to any private foundation and should be aware that for some specific restricted foundations OFR requires notification prior to any contact.