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Dixon Translational Research Grants

The Dixon Translational Research Grants initiative seeks proposals for innovative, multidisciplinary clinical and translational research collaborations at Northwestern Medicine that can make an impact in medical science at a national level.

The 2022 Request for Applications is now closed. 

Award Classifications

  • Innovation Award: Supports research opportunities with the potential to advance Northwestern Medicine strategies. It has a $50,000 maximum for two years.
  • New Investigator Award: Stimulates development of extramural funding for fellows, residents or clinical investigators within the first three years of their career. It has a $35,000 maximum for two years.
  • Priority Research Initiative Proposals: Supports significant, multidisciplinary research with the capability to produce innovative outcomes in a strategic priority clinical area. It has a $300,000 maximum for three years.


This opportunity is open to all physicians, nurses and allied healthcare professionals. Priority is given to new investigators and novel projects that enhance clinical and translational research at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and facilitate research that can make a meaningful impact on medical science at a national level. Project applicants must provide an NMHC fund account, and projects must have IRB approval.

Contact Us

If you would like additional information on this funding mechanism, please email

For questions regarding NITRO Competitions, email

Individuals planning to use NUCATS clinical trial support services are required to contact Toddie Hays for budget preparation and planning assistance.

Participating Institutions: