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Communications and IT


URIC Communications SOP

The Office for Research, University Research Institutes and Centers Administration (URICA) and the Research Communications office partner to support URICs communication initiatives and activities. This guidance is intended to provide standard operating procedures by activity for categories of communications and their subsequent dissemination.

Help us showcase your research!

Please send news of funding, awards, research discoveries, new collaborations and other noteworthy achievements from your institute or center to Research Communications.

Website Development

Global Marketing and Communications licenses Cascade CMS, a web-based content management system that can be accessed with virtually any modern browser. We recommend that you take advantage of this option since it is easy to use, free to maintain, and integrates seamlessly with the Northwestern brand. However, you may choose to work with an external website developer, if preferred.

Research Analytics will advise institutes and centers interested in developing a website. Please contact Julie Cowan for further information.


URICA maintains two e-mail listservs for URICs directors and research support staff to communicate news, events, sponsor and policy changes, and system updates that affect the entire NU research community.

If you would like to subscribe to the URIC Admin Staff listserv please e-mail us. We update the listserv for URIC Center Directors.

Other Useful Listservs to consider:


Desktop Computing

  • All members of the Northwestern University community can receive limited technical assistance, without charge, from the NUIT Support Center
  • University Research Institutes and Centers Administration (URICA) provides Northwestern IT Endpoint Device Management for administrative staff computers funded by OR URIC Allocations (e.g. Director of Operations & Outreach, Business/Finance Administrator, Program/Financial Assistant) at no-cost to the URICs
    • URIC EDM Request form collects initial basic information for URICs seeking Northwestern IT Endpoint Device Management (EDM)
      • For URICs with support covered under an existing agreement, the URIC may elect to continue to utilize such services and the equivalent “per user cost” to provide support will be included in the OR URIC Allocation
      • Click here for the NUIT Leave behind on how to access support


  • Any requests for new phones, authorization codes or data/phone activation should be directed to the NUIT Service Desk.
    • NOTE: Call Repairs at 611 for phones that are not properly operating