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LOGIN HERE (FOR NU ONLY)REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture) is a secure, web-based application for building and managing online data capture for research studies. Northwestern University is a member of the REDCap consortium.

Our support model empowers project owners to design and manage their own data collection forms with minimal support from REDCap administrators. It makes managing your data easier by providing a single location for collection and storage, empowers scientists to design and manage forms for data collection and requires minimal programmer and IT involvement.  REDCap projects are managed by our community of project owners. Project owners maintain full control over project set up and support of their users.

If you have questions, please email us at

 I'm new to NU's REDCap, how do I obtain access to an existing project?

Our support model is simple, we train the Project Owner so that they are prepared to administer permissions and support the users in which they are going to grant access to their existing project(s).  All new REDCap access permissions begin with the Project Owner. The Project Owner must distribute the REDCap User Agreement to the new user in order to initiate the access permission workflow.  Once the new user signs the REDCap User Agreement they will receive a notification with the next steps for REDCap access. In order to prevent delay, Project Owners MUST distribute the User Agreement as contacting REDCap Support will only delay the access rights.

 I've signed the REDCap User Agreement but still can't access REDCap. What did I do wrong?

There are a few things to consider when logging into REDCap.  

  1. REDCap can only be accessed while on the NU Network.  The direct REDCap link only works if you are already on the NU Network.  If you are attempting access remotely, you must be logged into the NU Global VPN or the SSL VPN in order to access.  The SSL VPN link is  Please remember, SSL VPN permissions expire annually.  If you are attempting access via the SSL VPN but do not see the REDCap link you likely let it expire.  Contact REDCap Support for renewal of the REDCap SSL VPN permission.  
  2. REDCap uses your NU NetID via LDAP for access. If you forgot your password or need to reset it, please do so via NUIT and NOT the REDCap page.  The REDCap "Reset Password" feature does not work. 
  3. Only Project Owners can grant access to a specific project.   Once you have signed the REDCap User Agreement, you will be granted access to the system only.  Project Owners must add users to their specific project.  Please do not contact REDCap Support for project specific access.  Contact the Project Owner directly. 

 I want to create a new project, how do I do that?

Only Project Owners can request new projects to be created for them.  You will learn about all the duties of a Project Owner and system usage requirements in the REDCap New Project Owner Training Session.  This training is completed on-line and will take approximately one (1) hour to complete.  If you are interested in becoming a REDCap Project Owner, send your request to REDCap Support via email.  

REDCap Project Owners must be NU/NM/Shirley Ryan/Lurie Children's staff and FSM Affiliated. 

 I'm already a Project Owner, how do I request another project?

If you are already a project owner, completed the REDCap User Agreement and the Project Owner training, and would like a new project, fill out the REDCap project request form.  

 I am interested in learning more about using REDCap for eConsent. How can I learn more?

A webinar recently took place on this topic and includes many details that are beneficial when considering the use of REDCap for eConsent.  Learn the benefits of the eConsent Framework and Study Tracker push while obtaining some important tips and steps for setup.  The webinar session is only available after logging in with your NU NetID and while on the VPN.  The video is ~40 minutes in length. 

You may access the video here.

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