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The W Awards

A new grant program encourages professors to explore new directions in research

At Northwestern University and academic institutions across the country, many faculty members know the challenge well: once an academic defines a particular research track, it can often be difficult to enter compelling new areas of study.

The Weinberg College Research and Innovation Grants — the “W Awards” — look to change that sometimes-frustrating reality.

Launched earlier this academic year by College leadership, the new internal grant program provides seed funding for exploratory research, including innovative new work, significant changes in research direction and new collaborative ventures.

The College received nearly 30 proposals from faculty in disciplines spanning the sciences, humanities and social sciences and awarded six Weinberg College faculty members grants totaling nearly $170,000 in May.

“We are extremely pleased by the strong response to the W Awards program in its first year, and are very impressed by the creative and innovative scholarship that was proposed and by the cross-disciplinary nature of many of the studies,” said Kelly Mayo, associate dean for research and graduate studies.

Selected by a faculty review committee, the inaugural winners of the W Awards are:

A pilot program, this year's W Awards were open to all full-time continuing Weinberg College faculty.

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