The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research & Innovation leads the university's research strategy; manages regulatory, administrative, compliance, and research support activities; and develops policies that guide the conduct of research. The OVCRI also oversees the campuswide interdisciplinary research institutes.
The OVCRI invests in infrastructure and strategic, creative thinking to support a thriving research enterprise with global impact. Specific activities include:
The OVCRI works with established companies, entrepreneurs, venture entities, and community leaders to strengthen relationships and create opportunities for students, staff, and faculty. In partnership with city and business leaders and the system’s DPI/IIN efforts, the OVCRI also supports economic development activities throughout Illinois.
Both the campuswide interdisciplinary research institutes and OVCRI administrative and compliance units provide outreach and training programs that help the university fulfill its educational mission. From lab work and field trials to practical training in the use of cutting-edge instrumentation, thousands of students are involved in research at Illinois—creating learning opportunities that augment classroom experiences and developing a skilled, tech-savvy workforce.
There are 28 units and ~1,500 FTEs in the OVCRI. View our org chart and learn about our reporting units below.
Advancing imaging, molecular science and engineering, and intelligent systems.
Accelerating the benefits of AI for business, government, and society.
Cancer research and educational programs that unite campus strengths in science and engineering.
Team-based fundamental and applied genomics research in health, energy, agriculture, and technology.
Research in grand societal challenges like poverty, health behavior, globalization, and food insecurity.
Exploring the cultural, historical, and imaginative boundaries of the human condition.
Actionable research in sustainability, energy, and environment-related topics.
Coordination and acceleration of campuswide health research and innovation.
Computational expertise to develop simulations and models that cannot be created in labs.
Research, expertise, and data to steward our nation’s natural and cultural resources.
Regulatory oversight and veterinary care for agricultural animals.
Veterinary care and housing for laboratory animals.
Oversight of research safety and technical assistance to investigators.
Oversight of animal care and use by university researchers and students.
Repatriation of Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian collections.
Compliance with governmental regulations and university policies on the use of human subjects in research.
A technology business incubator and accelerator.
Building engagement between corporate partners and the university.
Assistance for researchers in the development of sponsored research proposals.
A hub for both corporate R&D operations and startup companies alike.
A core user facility that supports research in genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, translational medical research, and more.
Research at Illinois is complex and requires robust administrative support and continuous innovation and business development, all driven by the same spirit of innovation and excellence that makes Illinois a pre-eminent public research university with a land-grant mission and global impact. We welcome your ideas for process improvement. Email us your suggestions.