New Faculty Onboarding
Welcome to Northwestern University. The Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences (NUCATS) Institute supports investigators across the full spectrum of clinical and translational research. Please browse the following resources offered via NUCATS and across Northwestern University, then request a consultation with one of our Navigators to get started.
Biostatistics Collaboration Center (BCC)
The mission of the BCC is to support Feinberg investigators in the conduct of high-quality, innovative, health-related studies by providing expertise in biostatistics, statistical programing and data managements. Resources include:
- Study design
- Grant preparation
- PhD and MS statisticians
- Software (SAS, R, STATA, REDCap)
- Statistical data analysis
- Results interpretation
- Manuscript preparation
- TL1 Award for Postdoctoral Fellows
An award for pediatricians and engineers that provides mentorship, training and support as they solve child health problems
- KL2 Award for Early-Career Faculty
The grant provides protected research time, mentoring and coursework to help build a solid foundation for a career in science
- Pilot Awards
Awards of up to $10,000 that provide rapid, targeted funding to address small but critical gaps in clinical and translational science
- Voucher Awards
Awards of up to $2,500 that provide rapid, targeted funding to generate preliminary data for future funding
- Seed Grants for Community-Engaged Research
Support for scientific partnerships between community groups and academic teams
Galter Health Sciences Library
The library is a fully integrated information and knowledge-management hub. You can utilize your connections by connecting with your liaison librarian and access 8,600 e-journals, 3,000 e-books and 300 databases. Others resources include:
- DigitalHub, a repository of scholarly outputs from Northwestern investigators; add publications and their associated datasets to the database to increase the visibility of your work
- Impact and evaluation support in the development of bibliometrics, visualizations and the measurement of scientific impact
- Assistance in creating your NIH biosketch
- Free classes covering topics such as literature searching and scientific impact, as well as tools such as EndNote, PubMed, DigitalHub and more
Innovation and New Ventures Office (INVO)
INVO supports investigators by catalyzing translational innovation to benefit the public. It fosters an entrepreneurial community at Northwestern and provides commercialization, innovation and entrepreneurial support.
Northwestern Medicine Enterprise Data Warehouse (NMEDW)
The NMEDW is one of the largest data warehouses in the country, with data on more than 6 million individuals. Resources include:
- Feasibility studies: Discover how many patients in the NMEDW meet specific criteria for a possible study
- Pilot data program: Funds to support young investigators in obtaining feasibility of early pilot data
- Work with an analyst: They will help you run queries and develop complex reports
Feinberg has many policies regarding the appropriate use of software and technology. Here are a few to know as you begin your investigations:
- Study Tracker
Be sure to review the Research Participant Tracking Policy and Research Study Information Policy. They cover trials required to use Study Tracker, participant information you must captured and consent documents that you must upload.
This includes an overview of the policy’s purpose and time limit, as well as new updates on permissible use, data and report access, sensitive protected health information and FAQ.
Get information on securing all devices and software, including encryption of devices, email servers, data storage and smart phone and tablet usage.
- Good Clinical Practice Training
This is required for all investigators, co-investigators and study personnel listed on an IRB application for a clinical trial; refresher training is required every three years.
Research Core Facilities
Northwestern offers more than 60 centralized resources, including facilities, instruments and services that directly support Northwestern investigators in their efforts.
Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center
Clinicians and scientists who are engaged in active, cancer-focused investigations can apply to become members of the Lurie Cancer Center. Members receive:
- Access to strong infrastructure for interdisciplinary research programs and initiatives
- Priority access and special pricing for shared resource facilities support
- Eligibility for intramural research funding opportunities
- Access to training and education
Sex Inclusion Research Toolbox
This toolbox explains the rationale for inclusion of sex as a biological variable. It includes more than 50 blog posts on sex inclusion research, answers some of the most commonly asked questions about sex inclusion and offers tips on how to account for sex in studies on cells, animals and humans.
All studies that work with human subjects must use Study Tracker. Doing so simplifies your studies in several ways:
- HIPAA compliant: Safe and secure data entry
- Faster data entry: Study information filled automatically with IRB data
- Centralize data: Participant demographics, diagnosis, consent and research services are all captured here
- Visualize trends: Create reports that can help better allocate resources
- Bill accurately: Helps investigators comply with institutional clinical research billing requirements
To access Study Tracker, you must be on the Northwestern network or be connected to the VPN.
Review our online training modules, four free sessions grounded in empirical research. They’ll help you gain a basic knowledge of Team Science from experts and help you learn to overcome the communication challenges that arise while working on multidisciplinary teams.
Other Resources Available Through Northwestern
- Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative Program
Research ethics education through initial and refresher courses covering human subjects research and HIPAA requirements
- Institutional Review Board
Reviews and approves scientific projects involving human subjects of identifiable private information obtained from human subjects
- Office of Research Development
Provides guidance for administrating proposals, programmatic support for large interdisciplinary proposals, limited submission dissemination, selection and authorization, as well as consultations with junior faculty on funding opportunities and finding collaborators
- Research-Related PI Onboarding Checklist
A list of questions to guide new faculty as they begin their studies
- Research Roles and Responsibilities
An overview of the duties of those that conduct or support scientific activities