Research and Project Support

In addition to university-wide support through the Division of Research and Innovations Partnerships (RIPS), our college offers resources that can be tailored to your project needs.

  • CHHS Research Group – Collegial environment to discuss challenges, issues and progress of your research; exploration for collaborative opportunities. For details, contact Sherilynn Spear, sspear@niu.edu
  • Travel and Faculty Development – Some funds are available for faculty who are serving as presenters, panelists, session conveners, performers, or exhibitors at professional conferences.
  • CHHS Research Funding –  There are two sources of funding:

    The Community Health Endowment Funding: This fund supports service, research, and/or educational projects that focus on health and wellbeing of low-income or otherwise vulnerable populations in DeKalb County. All full-time CHHS faculty and staff are eligible to apply for these funds. Applications are accepted once a year by Nov. 15.
    The Community Health Endowment Funding Information
    The Community Health Endowment Funding Application

    College Seed Money Research Support: The award is for seed money to develop larger projects that are likely to lead to extramural research funding. All full-time CHHS faculty are eligible to apply for these funds. Applications are accepted once a year by March 3.
    FY 2019 Application Material
    FY 2019 Seed Money Announcement

Additionally, College Seed Grants or Community Health Endowment grants can include funding for paid consultants. Funding is provided for essential services necessary to advance a specific project that is consistent with the applicant’s ongoing line of scholarly inquiry.

For questions regarding funding, framing a competitive request, budget development, form development, and submission of grant and contract proposals to sponsors, contact Sponsored Programs Administration at 815-753-1581 or through email at asosp@niu.edu.

For general questions about CHHS research resources, please contact Associate Dean Beverly Henry at bwhenry@niu.edu.