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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$731M

Total Research Expenditures, FY21

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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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Inclusive Innovation

Research is about asking questions and seeing things in new ways. Developing new knowledge requires creative, innovative thinking, work made better by a diversity of viewpoints and perspectives. Particularly when it comes to interdisciplinary research, including collaborators of different backgrounds, ethnicities, sexual orientations, physical abilities, generations, or genders isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing to do.

Illinois has affirmed many times that without diversity, there is no excellence. Simply put, we don’t pursue diversity for diversity’s sake. Rather, we pursue it because we are firmly fixed on achieving excellence in the Illinois research enterprise.

Members of our research community come from every corner of the globe. In the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation and our portfolio units, we firmly believe that we can only be excellent when we fully embrace people with varied perspectives and experiences. We strongly support the programs, services, and activities that ensure such inclusivity.

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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. Below is a glimpse of the resources available to our research community.

Explore Research Centers, Institutes, and Programs | Find Core Facilities, Labs, and Services

 

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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.  

120+

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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