Navigating the Northwestern Partnership and Available Researcher Resources

Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute is one of the interdisciplinary research institutes of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, where principal investigators who are part of the research institute are full-time faculty members. Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago is the pediatric teaching hospital for the Feinberg School.

Understanding what research resources Manne Research Institute researchers have through this affiliation can help them maximize the support received on their research projects and endeavors. Can’t find what you are looking for or have a question regarding the partner affiliation and resources available to you? Contact the Research Navigation team

The Northwestern University and Lurie Children's Hospital Access Program creates a collaborative approach between Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and its affiliates for non-clinical researchers accessing space or infrastructure at the other institution for research purposes. The agreement streamlines the onboarding process and outlines the required steps, including background checks, health screenings, and trainings to allow access at each institution. This agreement applies only to research faculty and staff employed by Feinberg or Lurie Children's. 

Standard Operating Policy 

View the Standard Operating Policy for Research Collaborators (non-clinical). All other collaborator types can refer to the Onboarding Unpaid Positions SharePoint site.

Submission Process

Northwestern and Lurie Children's non-clinical research staff or the department contact will need to submit a REDCap intake form to begin the process. The Northwestern and Lurie Children's access team will confirm that all researchers meet the required corporate health checks (including health and drug screening), criminal background checks, annual flu standards, and any other mandatory health related requirements for the role with an IRB-approved study. The access team will reach out directly with a response and any next steps. If additional health screening and/or vaccination documentation is needed, the researcher and manager will be notified. Please note that the annual flu vaccines are required at Lurie Children's. 

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Workday Processes

The Workday onboarding steps remain the same for research collaborators. Once the REDCap intake is submitted and reviewed, approval will be issued to move forward with creating a "Contingent Worker- LCH Affiliate Collaborator" position in Workday. 

Reference the Create a Contingent Worker Position tipsheet for more information.

Information System User Access for Collaborators

If system user access is required for the collaborator, you must submit a non-employee/vendor access request in Service Now. 

Mandatory Training Requirements 

All research collaborators must complete the organization's annual mandatory training requirements at both institutions that are specific to the type of research completed. 


Email with questions. 

Onboarding Resources

The Northwestern and Lurie Children's Access team created tools to help understand the steps of the process for onboarding non-clinical Northwestern research affiliates. 

Lurie Children’s research staff looking to obtain access to Northwestern Memorial HealthCare (NMHC) systems or clinical practice privileges to conduct research at Northwestern University or its affiliating locations (Northwestern Medical Group, Lake Forest Hospital, Central DuPage Hospital, etc.) will need to submit a request to the NMHC Research Access Program.


Journal, e-book, and database subscriptions are managed by Northwestern University and may require a university NetID. Lurie Children’s employees can access many of these resources while on-site by using the Galter Health Sciences Library. Contact Andrea Fawcett for assistance.

Access Instructions:

  • Enter the name of the resource or keywords in the search box.
  • When an item of interest is located in the results list, click “online access.”
  • You will be redirected to a page that asks you to sign in with your NetID.
  • If you do not have a NetID, click “continue without Galter sign in.” In many cases, you will be able to access the resource.

Lurie Children’s and Northwestern University have an Institutional Authorization Agreement which allows the Northwestern University Institutional Review Board (IRB) to rely on the Lurie Children’s IRB for the review of human subjects under certain circumstances. To learn more about this reliance agreement, refer to our IRB reliance agreements page.


The Office of Research Integrity and Compliance (ORIC) instructs Manne Research Institute investigators with animal protocols will go utilize Northwestern University’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). For a list of available animal services and costs, visit the Center for Comparison Medicine. For more information on IACUC processes, please reference ORIC’s IACUC page and resources available in the Understanding Your Research Resources section below.


Lurie Children’s and Manne Research Institute partner with Northwestern University’s Innovation and New Ventures Office via the Innovate2Impact (I2I) program. Interested in learning more about innovation and how to get started? Contact the I2I program Director Kosh Ghosh for guidance.

REDCap is a secure, web-based application designed to support data capture, allowing users to build and manage online surveys and databases quickly and securely. Manne Research Institute investigators may have access to the Northwestern REDCap instance for research use only. A NETID is required for access. Visit the Lurie Children's REDCap Resource Hub to learn more about the differences between the Lurie Children's and Northwestern REDCap instances. 

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