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Welcome to the Division of Research and Innovation Partnerships at Northern Illinois University. We encourage research, scholarship, artistry and entrepreneurship across our campus, by promoting the professional development of faculty and graduate students, facilitating the submission of grants and contracts, and seeking connections to accelerate the creation, integration and application of new knowledge. We celebrate the accomplishments of the talented faculty, staff and students who contribute to NIU’s success as a student-centered, public research university.

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APLU Announces Inaugural Designation of NIU as Innovation & Economic Prosperity University

In recognition of a strong commitment to economic engagement, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) today designated NIU as one of 16 public institutions as Innovation & Economic Prosperity Universities.  The new designation acknowledges universities working with public and private sector partners in their states and regions to support economic development through a variety of activities, including innovation and entrepreneurship, technology transfer, talent and workforce development, and community development. (read more)

NIU Faculty and staff receive three of four NEH Fellowships and Grants! (read more)


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