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NIU Sustains External Funding in FY 2013; OSP and DRGS Look Forward to Supporting NIU Funding Efforts for FY 2014 

Despite a challenging funding climate, NIU faculty and staff sustained funding for Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 and secured $30 million in external funding.  Dr. Lisa Freeman, Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies, highlighted that the funds represent various types of projects in support of NIU’s mission:

"External funds support a broad range of activities that advance the research, service and outreach mission of the University while providing our students with opportunities to work alongside faculty who create, expand and apply new knowledge. These opportunities enhance our students’ learning experiences and prepare them for careers beyond graduation."  

Office of Sponsored Projects Support

As a unit within the Division of Research and Graduate Studies (DRGS), OSP works to carry out the mission of the DRGS to promote and foster research and creative activities by facilitating faculty and staff efforts to obtain external funding.  OSP’s support extends throughout the sponsored project’s lifecycle.  We are available to assist NIU faculty and staff from idea inception to project close-out which includes:

  • Finding and assessing funding opportunities
  • Proposal and budget development
  • Advising on sponsor compliance and funding criteria
  • Contract development and negotiation
  • Counseling on award management topics
  • Progress report review and assistance

Division of Research and Graduate Studies Programs

Additionally, programs exist within DRGS to promote research and creative activities beyond the support provided through OSP.   David Stone, Associate Vice President for Research, summarized the services offered by DRGS:

"Our programs provide a broad range of support ranging from internal seed grants for early career investigators to helping faculty and staff who are developing funding proposals align their methods, measures and statistics in ways that strengthen their proposals.  I encourage faculty and staff to visit the Research Resources section of our website and to contact me with any questions they have about these programs."

The most well-known of these programs is the annual Research & Artistry (R&A) award that supports faculty and staff at different stages of their career. 

The DRGS recently launched the following programs to further enhance the Division’s mission to foster research and creative activities at NIU:

  • A1 Proposal Revision
  • Research Methodology Services Unit
  • PI Academy for Research and Engagement

Detailed information on these programs can be found on the Research Resources page on the DRGS website.