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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Total Research Expenditures, FY20
Square Footage for Research
Centers, Labs, and Research Institutes
Prairie Research Institute awarded $25M from the Department of Energy for the design of an innovative new power plant
Midwest collaboration, led by IQUIST, awarded $25M quantum information institute
The Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology awarded $12.5M for a new National Science Foundation Biology Integration Institute
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.
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Family and nutrition research facility featuring a simulated family home and The Autism Program.
One of the country's largest and most sophisticated university facilities for conducting photonics, microelectronics, biotechnology, and nanotechnology research.
Instrumentation for biological microscopy and image analysis, including microscopes, nuclear magnetic resonance, tissue processing, and 3D printing.
Cutting-edge imaging facility with a new Siemens Terra 7T MRI scanner.
Tools and services that support discovery in genomics, proteomics, and metabolomics.
Expansive collection with over 10,000 works dating from the fourth millennium BCE to the present.
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!