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.
Illinois Research Report (PDF) | Illinois Research Overview (PPT)
Total Research Expenditures, FY21
Square Footage for Research
Centers, Labs, and Research Institutes
$40M in newly announced NSF awards to advance research in neuron-based computing and expand the capabilities of U.S. supercomputing
A 9% increase in DOE research expenditures (placing us third in the nation in DOE funding). Our NIH support has increased nearly 40% over the last five years.
Partnership in the Taylor Geospatial Institute, a first-of-its-kind center using geospatial science to develop solutions to global challenges.
Ten research institutes that transcend college, school, and departmental boundaries to elevate ideas, drive discovery, and push the limits of our knowledge.
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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.
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Family and nutrition research facility featuring a simulated family home and The Autism Program.
Visit the FRC
One of the country’s largest and most sophisticated university facilities for conducting photonics, microelectronics, biotechnology, and nanotechnology research.
A lab and pilot plant that bridges the gap from basic discovery to commercialization of bioproducts
Instrumentation for biological microscopy and image analysis, including microscopes, nuclear magnetic resonance, tissue processing, and 3D printing.
Cutting-edge imaging facility with a newly launched Siemens Terra 7T RI scanner.
Visit the Imaging Facility
Expansive, permanent collection with over 10,000 works dating from the fourth millennium BCE to the present, representing numerous cultures.
One of the largest publicly accessible special collections in the U.S., with over 600K volumes and two miles of manuscripts.
Advanced instrumentation for materials research, including 140+ instruments.
Five unique indoor stages and an outdoor amphitheater that facilitate the realization of innovative artistic projects.
Visit Krannert Center
Tools and services that support discovery in genomics, proteomics, and metabolomics.
Visit the Biotech Center
Diagnostic medical testing for infectious agents, toxins, and other causes of disease in animal diagnostic samples.
Premier archaeological, biological, and geological research collections in the U.S., including irreplaceable human artifacts, fossils, geological samples, and biological specimens.
Visit PRI Collections
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.
Companies, including corporate innovation centers and university start-ups alike
Employees, the third largest collective employer in Champaign County
Start-up tenants at EnterpriseWorks, a startup incubator for early-stage tech firms
Venture capital/private equity financing raised by startup companies since the opening of the EnterpriseWorks incubator in 2003
215 new invention reports
62 active start-up companies*
201 U.S. patent applications
*Including 40 in Illinois!
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.