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. 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 

61

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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