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Innovation + Impact

As one of the nation’s leading research institutions, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign has been shaping the future since 1867. Our research enterprise drives student experiences and community engagement, powering innovation and positive change locally, nationally, and globally.

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Today In Illinois Research

 

A Great Gain for a Grain

Humans have cultivated rice for more than 9,000 years. It’s a crop that feeds much of the world, but, like corn and soybeans, it must be planted every year. Until now. Researchers, including Erik Sacks, have developed high-yielding, cost-saving perennial rice—and have worked with local farmers to grow the crop in fields across southern China and in Uganda.     

What an incredible example of the power of research to change lives, and indeed—change economies!

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By the Numbers

 

$731M

Total Research
Expenditures, FY21

#1

Regularly leads the
nation in NSF funding

3M+

Square Footage
for Research

150+

Centers, Laboratories,
and Institutes

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More questions? Contact us at OVCRI@illinois.edu.