Walsh said he applauds the incredible talent and dedication of the Northwestern faculty and postdoctoral and graduate students who are driving the research agenda. He also praised University-wide leadership from the Board of Trustees and in the schools and central administration for supporting a thriving environment where great research can occur. He noted, too, the vital role that philanthropic donors play in the discovery process. Walsh highlighted the “broader foundation” upon which Northwestern’s research enterprise relies: Administrative staff within the Office for Research, schools, units and URICs.
“Our success is rooted in strategy, tactics and hard work,” Walsh said. “There are many incredible people across this University to thank. Among them are administrative staff members who provide an immense amount of support for the outstanding work taking place in the Northwestern research community, doing so in a variety of ways.”
Over the last fiscal year, Northwestern’s Office for Sponsored Research has reviewed and submitted more than 3,500 proposals totaling nearly $3.4 billion and executed more than 4,400 contracts, in addition to setting up more than 3,000 awards to enable the current record setting research funding total. All these numbers represent record highs.