Sponsored Programs Administration

Our mission is to provide exceptional support to NIU faculty, students and staff in securing and managing sponsored funding for research, instruction, service and artistry activities.We strive to provide comprehensive services and support, from funding development to project completion. We are committed to enhancing NIU by facilitating external funding endeavors and maintaining compliance for sponsored programs.

Funding Metrics: Fiscal Year 2018

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 18.




Funds Requested




Funds Awarded


R&D Expenditures
NSF Higher Education R&D Survey FY 2017

Seminar Series

The Grants Administration and Management Series covers a variety of topics relevant to campus administrators who interact with SPA on grant related matters (e.g. completing HR paperwork, purchasing, submitting project changes or monitoring budgets).

This year's PI Academy Professional Development Series includes a broad range of topics from grant writing to the art of science communications. 

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Partial Federal Shutdown

The partial federal shutdown began on December 22, 2018. Guidance about handling pending and existing awards and proposal submissions will be posted here as they develop.

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Agency guidance

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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Pre-award and Proposals

Post-award and Award Management

Technical questions

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