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SQI: Simpson Querry Institute

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SQI launches seed funding program to promote nanomedicine research


The Simpson Querrey Institute for BioNanotechnology (SQI) has announced a new seed funding program to support early stage, innovative projects in regenerative nanomedicine, including those that synergize with connected fields such as aging, immunology, inflammation, cancer, synthetic biology, and bioelectronics. The SQI Synthesizer Research Grant Program funds projects up to $50,000 annually for 1-2 years and is open to all Northwestern University faculty members. Visit the program webpage for more information or to download the application form. The next proposal deadline is April 1.

Accomplishing Our Mission

Fostering effective research collaborations and translating discoveries

At the Simpson Querrey Institute (SQI) the overarching goal is to foster effective research collaborations within Northwestern University and across the globe. To accomplish our mission, we support collaboration, discovery and translation.

Fostering Interdisciplinary Teams

Researchers in lab

At SQI we foster interdisciplinary teams who utilize the tools of bio-inspired science and technologies in research relevant to regenerative medicine, targeted nanotherapeutics, advanced materials and electroactive biomaterials. The institute provides laboratory space, core facilities and administrative and technical support for our faculty and their group members.

Stimulating Discovery

research imageThe environment at SQI stimulates discovery by placing scientists from materials science, chemistry and biology in close proximity to physician scientists. Our laboratory is a unique setting where people from varying backgrounds and with different expertise intermingle to develop novel approaches to research. We also promote discovery by supporting pilot research projects.

Applying Discoveries

Spine fusion imageThe long-term goal of research conducted at SQI is to apply findings from our discoveries to enhance human health, well-being and quality of life. We are committed to translating our biomedical research and related materials into the clinical setting by partnering with industry, doctors and regulatory specialists as well as sponsoring startups