Explore Illinois Research & Innovation

The Power of Illinois Research & Innovation

Research is an engine that powers the local and state economy, creating new approaches to vexing problems, a tech-savvy, highly skilled workforce, new companies and ventures, and even entirely new industries.  Explore the impact of the Illinois Research Enterprise below. 

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By The Numbers

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$689M

Total Research Expenditures, FY20

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3,053

Faculty Members

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3M+

Square Footage for Research

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150+

Centers, Labs, and Research Institutes

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Illinois Research Institutes:
Converge, Research, Innovate, and Create

 

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Ten research institutes that transcend college, school, and departmental boundaries to elevate ideas, drive discovery, and push the limits of our knowledge.

Illinois Research Institutes

 

 

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Equipment, Tools, and Resources for Research

Conducting cutting-edge research requires world-class facilities, tools, and services. From microscopes to manuscripts, Illinois researchers have access to a range of equipment and resources that support inquiry and discovery.

Explore Research Centers, Institutes, and ProgramsFind Core Facilities, Labs, and Services

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Family Resiliency Center

Family and nutrition research facility featuring a simulated family home and The Autism Program.

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IGB Core Facilities

One of the country's largest and most sophisticated university facilities for conducting photonics, microelectronics, biotechnology, and nanotechnology research.

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Holonyak Micro + Nanotechnology Lab

Instrumentation for biological microscopy and image analysis, including microscopes, nuclear magnetic resonance, tissue processing, and 3D printing.

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Beckman Biomedical Imaging Facility

Cutting-edge imaging facility with a new Siemens Terra 7T MRI scanner.

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Roy J. Carver Biotechnology Center

Tools and services that support discovery in genomics, proteomics, and metabolomics.

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Krannert Art Museum

Expansive collection with over 10,000 works dating from the fourth millennium BCE to the present.

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University of Illinois Research Park 

A dynamic environment for established companies and start-up ventures alike. Companies locate in the Research Park to recruit high-quality technical talent, collaborate with the University, and speed up the innovation process.  

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Companies, including corporate innovation centers and university start-ups alike

2,200

Employees, the third largest collective employer in Champaign County 

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Start-up tenants at EnterpriseWorks, a startup incubator for early-stage tech firms

$1.1B

Venture capital/private equity financing raised by startup companies since the opening of the EnterpriseWorks incubator in 2003

 

 

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FY20 Technology Management and Commercialization

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215 new invention reports 

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62 active start-up companies*

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201 U.S. patent applications

*Including 40 in Illinois!

 

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