Northwestern University
Feinberg School of Medicine

Our Research

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine is a top 20 medical school where nationally recognized researchers collaborate with skilled clinicians to improve human health. Feinberg provides nearly 70 percent of all research funding across Northwestern University. The collaborative medical school faculty conducts basic science, clinical, and translational research on campuses in Chicago and Evanston.

As part of an academic medical center, Feinberg strives to quickly apply our breakthroughs in laboratory research into clinical practice. Scientists at Feinberg are supported by the Northwestern University Office for Research, the Feinberg Research Office, and a network of more than 60 research core facilities on both campuses. Research is conducted in all Feinberg departments, institutes, and centers.

Funding and Awards

For the 2016-2017 academic year, Feinberg awards totaled $470,983,171 million.

NIH Funding

  • Feinberg received National Institute of Health (NIH) awards totaling $290,347,690.
  • Awards for individual training grants numbered 104 F awards, 81 K awards, and 53 T awards.

NIH Rankings

In 2017, Feinberg ranked 16th in NIH funding rankings among all American Medical Schools, up from 39 in 2002.

Twelve departments at Feinberg ranked among the top 10 in their specialty in their discipline in a list of NIH funding to medical schools. They are: Public Health (Preventive Medicine and Medical Social Sciences) (1), Urology (2), Obstetrics and Gynecology (2), Cell and Molecular Biology (3), Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (3), Dermatology (6), Neurology (5) Physiology (8), Neurosurgery (8), Surgery (9), and Pharmacology (10).

An additional two departments rank in the top 20: Internal Medicine and Geriatrics (17) and Otolaryngology (17).


  • 646 principal investigators (PIs)
  • 401 PIs on NIH grants

Research Space

Feinberg has approximately 1,155,000 net square feet of space, of which just over 645,000sf is dedicated to research. This total includes over 120,000sf of wet lab space renovated within the last five years, and 100,000 square feet of newly-acquired dry lab research space over the same time period. Since 2009, Feinberg has invested more than $150,000,000 in renovating more than 400,000 net square feet of owned and leased space.

Northwestern University broke ground on the Louis A. Simpson and Kimberly K. Querrey Biomedical Research Center building May 8, 2015. The building will double vivarium capacity and house laboratories for both Feinberg and the Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute, the research arm of the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. The initial phase of construction will involve nearly 600,000 gross square feet, designed for future expansion to a total of 1.2 million square feet. Completion of the initial phase is scheduled for late 2018.

Clinical Trials

Approximately 4,488 clinical trials and clinical research studies took place at Feinberg in 2016-2017.

Technology Transfer

For academic year 2016-2017, the year for which information is currently available:
  • 70 invention disclosures
  • 48 provisional patent applications
  • 105 non-provisional patent applications