Faculty and Research


Some of the world’s most influential academics call Northeastern home. They are attracted by the interdisciplinary collaboration and the increased focus, passion, and knowledge that students—as early as undergraduates—bring to the classroom from their global learning experiences.

Over the past five years, the university has appointed 502 tenured and tenure-track faculty members since 2006, with a focus on scholars who collaborate across disciplines. As a result, external awards for faculty research nearly doubled. Learn more about Northeastern’s impactful research.


Northeastern is unlike other large research universities. You’ll have numerous opportunities to work hand-in-hand with faculty members to pursue research in cutting-edge fields such as nanotechnology, network science, biotechnology, and urban public policy. You’ll also have access to the very latest advances in your area of study and get the support and mentorship you need to succeed. It’s the best of both worlds—big opportunities at a large research powerhouse, and small, intimate research and classroom settings.

Dean Gibson

The Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors empowers you to explore research opportunities beginning in your first year. Northeastern’s research centers and institutes focus on interdisciplinary and translational research that meets societal needs in a variety of subject areas, including:

  • Business
  • Computer and Information Sciences
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Health Sciences
  • Humanities and Arts
  • Law
  • Physical and Life Sciences
  • Social Sciences
  • The University’s research support facilities provide the technology that faculty and students need to pursue their scientific and scholarly endeavors.
Northeastern University has $127.5 M in external research funding.