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Total R&D expenditures*


*NSF’s Higher Ed Research and Development (HERD) results include cost sharing, unreimbursed F&A, and non-sponsored institutional research support.

Licenses and Options 


Licenses and options move technologies and innovations from the lab to the marketplace.

U.S. Patents


More than 650 total active, issued U.S. Patents 

What's Happening

Institutes and Centers Reporting to the OVCR

At Illinois, we’re addressing society’s most pressing problems by doing what we do best — interdisciplinary research that drives positive change in our communities, our state, our nation, and the world.

The campus interdisciplinary institutes, centers, and initiatives are world leaders in research and discovery, and are home to some of the premier campus outreach and education programs. Each has a unique, but complementary, mission, and together they account for approximately 35% of total sponsored expenditures for the campus. More than 1,000+ faculty, staff, and students are affiliated with these units, ensuring that our campus remains a preeminent public research university with a land grant mission and global impact.

Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology

The Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, where groundbreaking research in neuroscience, materials science, imaging, language and literacy, and bioengineering has been conducted for more than 25 years. The Beckman provides space for collaborations from researchers in departments as diverse as engineering, speech and hearing science, psychology, computer science, physics, education, biochemistry, neuroscience, anthropology, and linguistics.


Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology

The IGB is dedicated to transformative research with program areas in systems biology, cellular and metabolic engineering, and genome technology. Pioneering advances in the life sciences, IGB’s unique facility stimulates discovery and collaboration among its world-class researchers, drawn from a broad range of disciplines in life and social sciences, engineering, law, and business.


Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities

IPRH supports interdisciplinary study in the humanities, arts, and social sciences, work that leads to a deeper understanding of people, societies, artifacts, and events, locally as well as globally, in past and present contexts.


Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment

Founded in 2014, iSEE pursues actionable research to find solutions for the world’s pressing sustainability, energy, and environmental needs today and tomorrow. iSEE funds and shepherds research projects that will have an immediate and lasting impact in solving global grand challenges. As part of its three-pronged mission, the Institute is also working to make the U of I campus a model of sustainability, energy efficiency, and environmental friendliness for the world to emulate — and to educate and prepare students to be leaders in these fields when they leave campus.


Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Initiative

The newly formed IHSI has assumed the activities of the Division of Biomedical Sciences and has been actively engaged in the many discussions surrounding the evolution of health-related research at the University of Illinois.


National Center for Supercomputing Applications

NCSA focuses on digitally enabled interdisciplinary research and is an international leader in high-performance computing and data-driven science. The Center provides computing, data, networking, and visualization resources and expert support that help scientists, engineers, and scholars at the University and across the country better understand our world.


Prairie Research Institute

The Prairie Research Institute, one of the nation’s most diverse research organizations, provides a unique balance of research, expertise, and data on the natural and cultural resources of Illinois to benefit the state’s economy, environment, and people. The Institute is the umbrella organization for the state’s five scientific surveys: the Illinois Natural History Survey, the Illinois State Archaeological Survey, the Illinois State Geological Survey, the Illinois State Water Survey, and the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center.


Roy J. Carver Biotechnology Center

A core user facility that supports research in genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, translational medical research, x-ray crystallography, and biological computing services.


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