What the OVCRI Does

Leadership and Oversight for the Illinois Research Enterprise

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:

  • Oversight of research safety, human subjects research, animal research, export control, and conflicts of interest
  • Proposal submission and award management
  • Research integrity and research misconduct
  • Managing repatriation of human remains and sacred objects
  • Research and project development
  • Research infrastructure
  • Innovation, entrepreneurship, and economic development
  • Research data, information, engagement, and outreach

Economic Development and Impact Across the State

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.


Enriching Student Experiences

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.


Reporting Units

There are 28 units and ~1,500 FTEs in the OVCRI. View our org chart and learn about our reporting units below.


Research Institutes

Beckman Institute

Beckman Institute

Advancing imaging, molecular science and engineering, and intelligent systems.

Researcher using a 3D printer

C3.ai Digital Transformation Institute

Accelerating the benefits of AI for business, government, and society.

Cancer Center at Illinois Sign

Cancer Center at Illinois

Cancer research and educational programs that unite campus strengths in science and engineering.

Sculptures outside of IGB

Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology

Team-based fundamental and applied genomics research in health, energy, agriculture, and technology.

A meeting in a conference room

Center for Social and Behavioral Science

Research in grand societal challenges like poverty, health behavior, globalization, and food insecurity.

Levis Faculty Center

Humanities Research Institute

Exploring the cultural, historical, and imaginative boundaries of the human condition.

Researchers working in a field

Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment

Actionable research in sustainability, energy, and environment-related topics.

Researcher running a lab test

Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute

Coordination and acceleration of campuswide health research and innovation.

NCSA building

National Center for Supercomputing Applications

Computational expertise to develop simulations and models that cannot be created in labs.

Student researchers cleaning a small creek

Prairie Research Institute

Research, expertise, and data to steward our nation’s natural and cultural resources.


Administrative and Compliance Units

Student holding a goat

Agricultural Animal Care and Use Program

Regulatory oversight and veterinary care for agricultural animals.

Veterinarian students working with an animal

Division of Animal Resources

Veterinary care and housing for laboratory animals.

Test tubes in a lab

Division of Research Safety

Oversight of research safety and technical assistance to investigators.

A cow in a field

Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee Office

Oversight of animal care and use by university researchers and students.

Dickson Mounds

Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act Office

Repatriation of Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian collections.

Graduate researcher interviewing a research subject

Office for the Protection of Research Subjects

Compliance with governmental regulations and university policies on the use of human subjects in research.

Woman working at a computer

Sponsored Programs Administration

Assistance for faculty and staff in administration of sponsored projects and related activities.


Other Units

EnterpriseWorks building


A technology business incubator and accelerator.

illini fest photo

Office of Corporate Relations

Building engagement between corporate partners and the university.

Meeting in an office

Office of Proposal Development

Assistance for researchers in the development of sponsored research proposals.

Grand Opening of Newly Constructed Brunswick i-Jet Lab

Research Park

A hub for both corporate R&D operations and startup companies alike.

Researcher using a microscope

Roy J. Carver Biotechnology Center

A core user facility that supports research in genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, translational medical research, and more.


Suggestions? We Want to Hear From You!

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.