Our Research

series of tubesNorthwestern 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 more than 65 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. Researchers 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 2013-2014 academic year, Feinberg awards totaled $389.8 million.

Researchers at the medical school received 1,643 awards in academic year 2013-2014.

NIH Funding

NIH Rankings

In 2014, Feinberg ranked 21st in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding rankings among all American Medical Schools, up from 39 in 2001.

Eight departments rank in the top 10 in their discipline in a list of National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding to medical schools. They are: Obstetrics and Gynecology (3), Dermatology (4), Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (4), Public Health (Preventive Medicine and Medical Social Sciences) (4), Urology (4), Physiology (4) and Neurology (8).

An additional three departments rank in the top 20: Internal Medicine and Geriatrics (19), Otolaryngology (19) and Cell and Molecular Biology (20). Another department, Neurological Surgery, will rank 15th after the NIH issues grant assignment corrections.


Research Space

The Feinberg School of Medicine has approximately 1,130,000 net square feet of space, of which just over 640,000sf is dedicated to research.  This total includes over 100,000sf of wet lab space renovated within the last three years, and 80,000sf of newly-acquired dry lab research space over the same time period.  Since 2009, Feinberg has invested more than $120,000,000 in renovating almost 370,000 net square feet of owned and leased space. 

Northwestern University will break ground in February 2015 on a new Chicago campus research building which will double vivarium capacity and house laboratories for both Feinberg and our affiliate pediatric hospital, the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.  The initial phase of construction will involve 600,000 gross square feet, designed for future expansion to a total of 1.2M square feet.  Completion of the initial phase is scheduled for 2018.

Clinical Trials

More than 1,200 clinical trials and clinical research studies took place at Feinberg in academic year 2013-2014.

Technology Transfer

For academic year 2012-2013, the year for which information is currently available: