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Explore the unique opportunities at NIH and NSF

Sheri Carsello, MA, CRA

Assistant Dean for Research

School of Communication
Northwestern University


Marysia Galent, CRA

Research Administrator

School of Communication
Northwestern University

NIH and NSF are the two biggest federal agencies supporting research at the School of Communication. While NIH is usually associated with health/medical-related research, it should not be a surprise that most of the current NIH funding supports the Communication and Sciences Department (CSD). NSF, with their focus on biomedical and engineering sciences, is currently the biggest supporter of the Communication Studies Department.
There is, however, some overlap in both agencies’ funding interests. We have seen an increasing collaboration of Comm Studies faculty on NIH funded projects, and have a history of CSD faculty receiving NSF awards.
While submitting proposals for external funding, Sheri Carsello and Marysia Galent, SOC experts on sponsored projects, noticed that researchers who are less familiar with funding mechanisms and opportunities, are less likely to apply to such opportunities, and rather continue to apply to the agency they are more familiar and comfortable with. Both NSF and NIH have unique structures and could benefit researchers from various fields, especially at the school with such a diverse portfolio as the School of Communication.
Sheri Carsello and Marysia Galent will guide you on the primary differences between NIH and NSF, help you understand each agency’s mission, discuss proposal development strategies, and provide some useful directions towards collaboration opportunities.

Presentation date: December 05, 2019.