About InfoEd

InfoEd is Electronic Research Administration support software that provides two major functionalities for the Northwestern sponsored research community: storing OSR’s proposal and award data (Proposal Tracking module) and providing system-to-system proposal submission under many federal programs (Proposal Development module)

Submission Requirements by Sponsor and Proposal Type

InfoEd Proposal Development (PD) is required for the internal routing and approval of all sponsored research projects (grants and contracts.)  Most grant proposals that used to be prepared using Adobe forms and submitted via must be prepared in, routed, and submitted using PD (no Adobe forms necessary) in accordance with OSR submission deadlines.  The chart below details types of proposals and the tools required for their preparation and submission.
Proposal Type
Prepared in / submitted from
Routed / Approved in
All Federal sponsors not explicitly listed below
New / Competing Renewal
New / Competing Renewal
New / Competing Renewal
Complex Federal proposal types that cannot be submitted via
New / Competing Renewal
Non-federal proposals
New / Competing Renewal
Per sponsor guidelines
All sponsors
Non-competing continuation (progress report)
Per sponsor guidelines
PD optional
(except NIH)

Conflict of Interest

All PHS proposals and awards must follow Northwestern's Conflict of Interest Policy and Research Grant Disclosure process.  If you are unsure if Financial Conflict of Interest is applicable, visit:  Northwestern University Conflict of Interest (NUCOI) website for applicability information.

Access to Data and Reporting

InfoEd gathers a rich set of data on sponsored research transactions that can be accessed by faculty and departmental staff through the Cognos Reporting tool. For more information please see the InfoEd Report Inventory.

InfoEd Training & System Resources

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