Innovation in Education and Research

You can empower inventive minds to uncover solutions.

Innovation is the hallmark of Northeastern’s culture, the fuel that powers our engines of creativity in education and research. Philanthropy is essential for enabling the kind of bold, calculated risk taking that revolutionizes learning, supports entrepreneurship, and opens new lines of inquiry.

Northeastern has a legacy of achievement, as evident in co-op and realms like urban health policy, subsurface sensing and imaging, chemical and biological analysis, and nanomanufacturing.



Seed funding for research

Discoveries proliferate at the intersection of disciplines. That’s why Northeastern is assembling teams of explorers from disparate fields—computer science and health-risk assessment, for example, or speech education and game design. These teams, fueled by seed funding, will pursue lines of inquiry that yield paradigm-changing results. By launching pilot studies, seed funding can generate data that supports investigators’ hypotheses. Such data allow researchers to leverage federal and industry support, and build upon their findings.


New degree programs

Northeastern empowers students to chart their futures through more than 90 majors and concentrations, and more than 150 graduate programs. But to prepare students to evolve with the world, we must devise new educational pathways in emerging disciplines. Your gift can create a degree program that breaks new ground. Already Northeastern has pioneered the first doctoral program in personal health informatics; the first master’s in regulatory affairs for drugs, biologics, and medical devices; and a new master’s in game design.


Modern education-delivery systems

To keep pace with the needs of students diverse in age, experience level, and professional interests, Northeastern must experiment with novel course structures and “virtual classroom” digital communications technologies. Today, students demand instruction on site, online, and in combined formats that facilitate workplace-relevant learning. You can support the development of cutting-edge curricula that keep Northeastern on the leading edge.



Philanthropy is a powerful incubator for facilities that promote disruptive thinking. Your support for academic facilities, research centers, and institutes will keep investigators at the forefront of invention and exploration. Some centers, such as the Center for Neglected Diseases, require space for sharing data and ideas. Others, such as our simulation suite for nursing, pharmacy, and physical therapy training, require modernization and new equipment.


Research_finalJust five miles from Boston Harbor, teams of scientists and students at Northeastern’s Marine Science Center in Nahant, Mass., are working to preserve and protect ocean habitats along the urban coastline. Research—including work by Assistant Professor of Biology Matthew Bracken and graduate student Valerie Perini—is vital to reversing the collapse of fisheries and loss of biodiversity caused by pollution, climate change, and the spread of invasive species. By fortifying the center’s leadership in marine biology, ocean and environmental science, engineering, public policy, and interdisciplinary training, Northeastern’s campaign will help safeguard precious coastal resources for generations to come.