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How to disseminate research findings into the community.

Are you trying to disseminate research findings into the community? The Alliance for Chicagoland June Communities (ARCC) within the Center for Community Health (CCH) has developed dissemination and communication tools including project website examples, creative strategies for sharing research in community settings, guidance specific to engaging policy-makers, and tips for writing about community engaged-research in academic journals.

Access the resources.
Consult with CCH on identifying strategies that may be the best for your research.


Let’s Talk Evaluation: An Afternoon with AEA President Dr. Kathryn Newcomer.

The Northwestern University community welcomes the President of the American Evaluation Association (AEA), Kathryn Newcomer, PhD, MA. This gathering will include brief remarks from President Newcomer and Northwestern faculty and staff engaged in evaluation.

Please join us for conversation and networking!
Wednesday June 28th
3:00pm – 4:30pm
Remarks at 3:30pm

Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing
Northwestern University
625 N. Michigan Avenue, 14th Floor
Chicago, IL 60611


Register now: Dissemination, Impact, and Access Workshop.

Attend a one-day interactive workshop on dissemination, impact, and access hosted by Galter Library and NUCATS on July 20. Register here.


Request for Applications - Dixon Translational Grants Initiative - Deadline August 14, 2017.

The Dixon Translational Research Grants Initiative is seeking proposals for highly innovative, multi-disciplinary clinical and translational research collaborations to accelerate the identification and implementation of new treatments to improve human health. Ideal proposals will clearly demonstrate the following elements:

  • Innovation and novelty of proposed clinical and translational research
  • A strong team and appropriate infrastructure to support the project
  • Strong potential to lead to meaningful impact on clinical care – successful proposals will provide a clear description of this impact
  • Clear objectives, a detailed timeline, anticipated results and outcome measures
  • Priority is given to projects with near term (1-3 year) clinically relevant results, or results that can be translated to patient care within 1 year of project completion
  • A plan to secure future funding from other sources upon completion of the project

Applications can be submitted here by 5pm on August 14, 2017. Questions regarding the application process may be directed to Tiffany Lamar, Philanthropy Associate, Grants Administration, NMF at 312.926.6183 or Questions regarding NITRO Competitions may be directed to


Receive support with study design, experimental design, writing the statistical section of a grant, analyzing data, interpreting results and more from the faculty biostatisticians and master's level statistical analysts at the Biostatics Collaboration Center.

Request a consultation.

REDCap is a secure, web application for building and managing online surveys and databases. New REDCap support has been rolled out over the past few months including: 

  • New Project Owners Sessions are now taught online. If you are looking to create a project for the first time, email the REDCap team to complete a session.
  • REDCap Office Hours are now held 2 times a month. Register here.
  • All REDCap users must sign their User Agreement by Friday, May 19th or access maybe suspended. Contact the Project Owner for a link to the User Agreeement. Project Owners may contact REDCap Support for the link.

    For more information on how REDCap can assist with your research, contact REDCap Support.

Attend Budget Development Training for Industry Sponsored Clinical Trials to learn about the components and process of developing a study budget.

When: May 18 from 1:30 - 3 pm 

Where: Prentice Canning Auditorium, Prentice Women's Hospital 

Presenter: Kelsey Richey, NUCATS Center for Clinical Research 

Registration is required. Register online.

Learn the basics of clinical research by attending Clinical Research Coordinator Basic Training Online. This course discusses IRB Submissions, FDA Audits, informed consent, subject recruitment and more. Completion of the course also satisfies Feinberg's Good Clinical Practice training requirement. 

The online courses consists of five sessions. The next online course begins on May 25. A full schedule of upcoming courses is available online.

The course can also be taken in a live setting at Northwestern's Chicago campus.

The Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Pipeline to Proposal Awards program (P2P) supports the creation of partnerships between investigators and the community. These partnerships build a foundation for conducting future patient centered outcomes research. 

P2P recently changed its funding structure from a 3-tier, 33 month program to a 2-tier, 21 month program. The next cycle's LOI deadline is April 20 and the application deadline is June 20.

Request a consultation with Center for Community Health and receive feedback that will strengthen your P2P application.

The Clinical Pharmacology Core helps investigators address important drug development, preclinical, translational and traditional clinical pharmacology questions by providing the following serivces:

  • Small and large molecule assay development and measurement 
  • Study design
  • Assistance with grant and manuscript preparation 
  • Pharmacokinetic modeling and simulation 
  • Consultative and navigator services

In addtion, the Clinical Pharmacology Core has relationships with outside vendors so that investigators can obtain timely, cost-effective and quality services when they are not available at Northwestern. Recently, the Clinical Pharmacology Core partnered with the Integrated Molecular Structure Education and Research Center (IMSERC) on the Evanston campus on an S10 application to the NIH for a new triple-quadrupole mass spectrometer, which was awarded and will soon be available for use. This partnership with IMSERC enables the Clinical Pharmacology Core to provide enhanced services to investigators on both campuses.

For more information and an initial consultation, please contact Michael Avram, PhD at or 312-908-0636.

The NUCATS Regulatory Team will host Drop-in Hours for all Feinberg faculty and staff on the first Wednesday of each month from 2-4 pm in Streeterville Conference Room, 11th Floor, Rubloff Building, 750 N. Lakeshore Drive.

Attendees can ask questions related to IRB submissions,, binder preparation or other regulatory issues.

The next Drop-In Hours will take place on April 5. Additional details can be found online. To attend, please RSVP to

More than 500 Feinberg faculty members have learned tools for managing their mentoring relationships during Mentoring Development Workshops.

The next workshop is May 2nd from 9am -12pm. Attendees will learn about maintaining effective communication, establishing expectations and promoting professional development. All faculty mentors and mentees who have not previously attended are welcome.

Register for the workshop.

If you were unable to attend the Sex Inclusion in Biomedical Research Workshop & Symposium hosted by Women's Health Research Institute, you can watch the lectures and panel discussion online

Use the links below to watch the following lectures or click here for more information. 

• Considering Sex as a Biological Variable: The NIH Policy

• Sex Influences on Brain and Body: An Issue Whose Time Has Come

• Incorporating Sex Into Your Research Agenda

The Center for Clinical Research has developed a new intake process. Please email if you would like to: 

•Request CCR services for a new study 

•Add a CCR service to a study that is already receiving CCR support

Learn more about the services provided by the Center for Clinical Research.

Applications for the Multidisciplinary Training Program in Child and Adolescent Health (TL1) are now being accepted. The program provides postdoctoral fellows in pediatrics, engineering and data science, who are interested in solving child health problems, with mentoring, protected research time and other resources that are key for building a career in research.

LOI deadline: March 17 

Application deadline: April 14 

Learn more and begin an application.

Do you have questions about Central IRBs, e-consents, working with monitors, participant recruitment or the Common Rule?

Attend Enhancing Quality in the Translational Research Workforce (EQuaTR) Conference to learn more about these topics and more. The conference is open to all clinical research professionals.

When: May 4 

Where: Prentice Women's Hospital 

Save $25 when you register by March 22. Learn more and register for the conference

Funding to cover critical gaps in clinical and translational science research is available through the NUCATS voucher program. These awards of up to $2,500 are available on a rolling basis. Additional information, including application instructions and eligibility criteria, is available online.

Apply for a voucher.

Interdisciplinary teams are invited to participate in a team science training on May 18-19. The workshop will include two, 90 minute sessions focusing on communication and strategic team mapping.

Learn more about the workshop

Contact Katya Klyachko, Team Science Program Administrator, if your team is interested in particpating. Space is limited to 7 qualifying teams.

Responsible parties within have 90 calendar days after the effective date (January 18) to comply with the NIH Final Rule. Per FDAAA 801, studies need to be registered to within 21 days of enrolling the first trial participant and results must be reported within 12 months of primary study completion date. 

The Final Rule only applies to studies registered on or after January 18, 2017. A failure to comply can result in fines of more than $11,000 per day and federal funding may be withheld.

For assistance, contact NUCATS Regulatory Team at or attend Regulatory Drop-In Hours on February 1.

The NUCATS Regulatory Team will be hosting Drop-in Hours for all Feinberg faculty and staff. During this time, attendees can ask questions related to IRB submissions,, binder preparation or other regulatory issues.

When: Feb. 1 from 2- 4 pm 

Where: Streeterville Conference Room, 11th Floor, Rubloff Building, 750 N. Lakeshore Drive

Additional details can be found online. To attend, please RSVP to

The Master of Science in Clinical Investigation program (MSCI) is now accepting applications for the Spring quarter. The degree provides investigators with formal research training with the goal increasing their knowledge of clinical research techniques and increasing their competitiveness in receiving research support

Applications deadline: February 6

Spring quarter start: March 27

Learn more about the MSCI degree.

Navigating the Research Enterprise, formerly known as First Mondays, is a bimonthly lecture series for junior faculty and postdoctoral fellows. Attendees are introduced to Northwestern resources that can assist them with their research and learn how to find research funds, write effective grants and network.

Learn more or RSVP for a future lecture.

The Center for Community Health has resources to support investigators to consider how to develop and implement dissemination strategies that facilitate the transfer of evidence-based findings to community audiences. This includes considering a diverse range of products and activities and approaches that address the gap between research discoveries and the translation of this knowledge into programs, practices, and policies to improve the health of the public.

CCH's is hosting a workshop, Dissemination of Research Findings to Community Audiences, on January 12. Attend in person or live stream it online.

Letters of intent for the Multidisciplinary Career Development Program (KL2) are now being accepted. The KL2 award provides junior faculty with personalized career development opportunities including coursework, workshops and peer mentoring; career guidance from a team of mentors; and salary support for protected research time.

Letter of intent deadline: January 13, 2017

Application deadline: March 20, 2017

Award begins: September 1, 2017

For more information visit the NUCATS website.