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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Total Research Expenditures, FY20

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Faculty Members

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Square Footage for Research

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Centers, Labs, and Research Institutes


Illinois Research Institutes:
Converge, Research, Innovate, and Create



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




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.

Explore Research Centers, Institutes, and ProgramsFind Core Facilities, Labs, and Services

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Family Resiliency Center

Family and nutrition research facility featuring a simulated family home and The Autism Program.

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IGB Core Facilities

One of the country's largest and most sophisticated university facilities for conducting photonics, microelectronics, biotechnology, and nanotechnology research.

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Holonyak Micro + Nanotechnology Lab

Instrumentation for biological microscopy and image analysis, including microscopes, nuclear magnetic resonance, tissue processing, and 3D printing.

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Beckman Biomedical Imaging Facility

Cutting-edge imaging facility with a new Siemens Terra 7T MRI scanner.

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Roy J. Carver Biotechnology Center

Tools and services that support discovery in genomics, proteomics, and metabolomics.

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Krannert Art Museum

Expansive collection with over 10,000 works dating from the fourth millennium BCE to the present.


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.  


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




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!