Division of Research & Innovation Partnerships


Northern Illinois University is recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in the category of Research Universities (high research activity). NIU also is among a small percentage of public institutions designated as Innovation & Economic Prosperity Universities by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). The designation acknowledges universities working with public and private sector partners in their states and regions to support economic development.

The Division of Research and Innovation Partnerships encourages research, scholarship, artistry and entrepreneurship across campus by:

  • promoting the professional development of faculty and graduate students;
  • seeking connections to accelerate the creation, integration and application of new knowledge;
  • facilitating the submission of grants and contracts; and
  • celebrating the accomplishments of talented faculty, staff and students who contribute to NIU’s success as a student-centered, public research university.

Gerald Blazey, interim vice president of the Division of Research and Innovation Partnerships