Sponsored Programs Administration


Sponsored Programs Administration is committed to its dual purposes of providing excellent support and streamlined processes for NIU faculty and staff engaged in external funding, while safeguarding the university through compliance at the federal, state and university levels and the sound stewardship of sponsored funds.


The vision of Sponsored Programs Administration is to support a seamless process for external funding by pursuing continuous internal improvement, reducing administrative burden, fostering a culture of excellence and teamwork and advancing the highest ethical standards.

Funding Metrics: Fiscal Year 2021

Sponsored funding supports excellence in research, scholarship, service, and creative activities; all elements in Northern Illinois University’s pursuit to address complex real-world challenges and stimulate the local economic and intellectual environment. The quick snapshot below highlights sponsored funding metrics for FY 21.




Funds Requested




Funds Awarded


R&D Expenditures
NSF Higher Education R&D Survey FY 2020

Contact Us

Sponsored Programs Administration
203 Lowden Hall
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115-2828
P: 815-753-1581
F: 815-753-6081

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Post-award and Award Management

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