About Division of Research and Innovation Partnerships

Welcome to the Division of Research & Innovation Partnerships at Northern Illinois University. We encourage research, scholarship, artistry and entrepreneurship across our campus, by promoting the professional development of faculty and graduate students, facilitating the submission of grants and contracts, and seeking connections to accelerate the creation, integration and application of new knowledge. We celebrate the accomplishments of the talented faculty, staff and students who contribute to NIU’s success as a student-centered, public research university.

Our division is made up of the following entities:


Dr. Yvonne Harris, Vice President of the Division of Research and Innovation Partnerships.

Dr. Harris is responsible for the strategic and operational leadership of the research and innovation enterprise portfolio providing creative, efficient research administrative operations; promoting a collaborative, innovative research environ-ment, engaging and supporting investigators to promote multidisciplinary re-search projects; overseeing campus-wide planning efforts for research facilities; increasing opportunities with local, regional, federal, and other funding agencies, national laboratories, industry partners, and other constituencies; supporting in-tellectual property and technology transfer, and providing strategic guidance and decision making on matters relative to resource planning, policy development, promotion of research, scholarly and creative activity, and exploration of innova-tive interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary collaborations in a shared governance environment.

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