Northwestern University has a history of cooperation with external clients including for-profit and nonprofit organizations. Cooperation is encouraged because it produces mutual benefits as well as benefits to society. This cooperation includes use of Northwestern's core facilities at appropriate external rates. If you are interested in using the instruments or services of a core facility, please contact the director or manager of the facility to inquire about availability. If you are uncertain which facility to contact, please use the search function on the top of this page (or Search Facilities page) to identify the location of instruments, services, products etc. available in our core facilities.
Northwestern University, University of Chicago and the University of Illinois at Chicago are members of the Chicago Biomedical Consortium (CBC). These universities are partners in the Open Access Initiative that allows researchers at each university to use each other's core facilities seamlessly. For information about specific instruments and services, please contact the manager of the core facility you wish to use. If you have administrative questions about how this works, please contact Phil Hockberger (contact information below) at Northwestern University or his counterpart at your university.
Directors and managers of Northwestern's core facilities who are considering accepting work from an external customer should read the document "Processing a Service Request for an External Customer" BEFORE agreeing to the work. These questions address issues related to external rates, research safety, risk management, material transfer, intellectual property, nationality and purchase orders. [NOTE: If external customers wish to visit your facility to perform work, they MUST demonstrate insurability by completing the "Volunteers and Visitors Lab Use Agreement" below.]
Below are examples of pre-approved "service" agreements (not research) for external customers that may be appropriate for core facilities:
- Laboratory Service Agreement (March 1, 2015) - expedited review is available for Agreements totaling $25,000 or less. Agreements MUST be signed by the Requesting Entity prior to submission to the Office for Research for approval.
- Volunteers and Visitors Facilities Use Agreement - for more information about Northwestern's policies regarding risk management, please visit the Office of Risk Management website
- Uniform Biological Material Transfer Agreement
- Research or Reagent Form - please visit the INVO website
- Confidential Disclosure Agreement - for more information about disclosure agreements, please visit the NUIT website
- Memorandum of Understanding
5. For examples of "research" agreements, please visit the INVO website.
Assistant Vice President for Research (OR)
Evanston - 847-467-1509
Chicago - 312-503-5625