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Resources For Investigators

Whether you are an investigator, trainee, student or partner, NUCATS is here to connect you to a continuum of resources to enhance the efficiency and efficacy of your clinical and translational research. We offer sustainable processes that identify, evaluate, facilitate and disseminate scientific breakthroughs. Let NUCATS provide the necessary tools to make your next research project a success.

Core NUCATS Resources

  • Need Help?
    • NUCATS has a broad array of resources and services to assist you. The NUCATS Navigator Program welcomes all inquiries and is equipped to help you in your search for information and resources. 
  • REDCap
    • 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.
  • Study Tracker
    • Study Tracker is a set of web-based clinical research tools help to improve efficiency, safety and security for subjects in scientific studies. Study Tracker has logged more than 6,000 studies with nearly 80,000 patient accruals. In 2013 alone, there were more than 1,500 studies initiated.
    • Northwestern Medicine Enterprise Data Warehouse (NMEDW) was designed create a single, comprehensive and integrated repository of all clinical and research data sources on the campus to facilitate research, clinical quality, healthcare operations and medical education.
  • NUCATS Funding Opporunities
  • Request a Letter of Support
  • Clinical Research Implementation

Additional Resources

  • Biostatistics and Data Coordination
    • Many of Northwestern University's Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research Design activities take place within the Biostatistics Collaboration Center (BCC). The BCC is housed within NUCATS and provides biostatistics expertise in all aspects of research, including proposal development, study design, data management, statistical analysis and manuscript preparation. For more information or to schedule a free initial consultation, visit the BCC website. If you have questions, please email:
    • The BCC sponsors Statistically Speaking, a free, annual lecture series for staff, faculty and trainees. New topics are added every year. Past lectures are available on Panoptotopics include using REDCap, reproducible research, statistical graphics, power and sample size calculations, and big data.
    • Northwestern University Data & Analysis Coordinating Center (NUDACC) members are experts in all components of the study life cycle including: study planning and design, data collection tool development, data monitoring and curation, regulatory reporting, statistical methods for data analysis and preparation of results for dissemination of findings. The center streamlines the research process and translates study findings.
  • Innovation, Commercialization & Entrepreneurship
    NUCATS can help you get your research to market by fostering biomedical innovation and entrepreneurial activity. We offer cross-campus collaborations, award pilot grants and other funding opportunities and help evaluate the commercial potential for research. NUCATS works with you and offers the following services that will help take your research from benchside to bedside.
  • Community & Stakeholder Engagement
    The Center for Community Health (CCH) works proactively with investigators, stakeholders, and patients to catalyzes and support meaningful engagement of communities, patients and stakeholders across the research spectrum. CCH offer numerous services and tools to inform culturally and community-centered solutions for addressing real-world health and healthcare challenges.
    • ShARPs
      • Stakeholder-Academic Resource Panels (ShARPs) are custom panels that bring together 8-10 community stakeholders with professional and/or personal expertise related to a research project.
    • ARCC
      • the Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities (ARCC) supports authentic community-academic research partnerships between Chicagoland communities and Northwestern University that benefit the people being researched and improve health and equity.
    • NP3
      • The Northwestern Primary Care Practice-Based Research Program (NP3) aims to foster collaboration between community-based primary care clinicians and Northwestern scientists in order to conduct meaningful and practical studies to improve healthcare delivery and quality of care, engage patients and clinicians in research design and implementation, and promote the use of evidence-based practice in primary care.
  • Team Science Resources
    The Team Science Program offers several different services on team assembly, launch, and maturation.
    • My DreamTeam
      • My DreamTeam is a web-based platform to facilitate the assembly of teams. Participants first complete a profile and then search the platform to help assemble their Dream Team
  • Chicago CTSA Shared Resources
    The Chicagoland Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) institutes (NUCATS, ITM and CCTS) are committed to facilitating greater integration and coordination across the institutes to provide seamless access to all relevant resources for translational researchers. The majority of the resources and services listed below are offered at no charge or at the internal rate to Chicagoland CTSA affiliates. Please refer to each institute’s point of contact for additional information and assistance.
  • Evaluation & Continuous Improvement
    The NUCATS Institute’s Evaluation and Continuous Improvement Program (ECIP) aims to continuously improve the speed, quality, and efficiency of the methods and processes of clinical and translational sciences through a novel, real-time, data-driven evaluation and continuous improvement process focused on the goal of enhancing research impact to improve human health. Our evaluation resources and services are leveraged by more than $100 million of funded centers and programs and we provide support for proposal development activities.
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  • Core Resources
    NUCATS investigators have access to a wide variety of research cores; browse the lists below for more information:
  • Tools for Sex Inclusion
    The question of how sex will impact your research must be addressed in all NIH grants. To help you through this process, Northwestern University's Women's Health Research Institute has developed a Research Toolbox as a central repository for educational.
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