University research leads to innovations and technological advances that strengthen our local, state, and global economies. The University of Illinois has a strong reputation for innovation and discovery. Our faculty and alumni have given birth to the Mosaic web browser, the light-emitting diode (LED), and the technologies that gave us magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and night-vision technology, just to name a few.
Think about how many jobs around the world were created from these technologies alone. And think about what the world would be like if these pioneering ideas never made it out of the laboratory.
The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR
) advances the economic development mission of the University of Illinois by elevating ideas and innovations into sustainable technologies and businesses. Together, the Offices of Technology Management, IllinoisVENTURES, EnterpriseWorks, and Research Park form a comprehensive model that drives increased technology transfer, company formation, and startup success. Staff ensure that groundbreaking ideas from the U of I make it out of the laboratory and into the marketplace. With the support and oversight from these OVPR offices, hundreds of ideas have been elevated into sustainable business ventures.
The University of Illinois stimulates local, national, and global economies through research and the creation of startup technology companies. We can measure the impact of the University’s innovation through the number of startup companies and jobs created, tax revenues generated, or royalties earned, but it is impossible to put a price tag on some of the benefits of innovation. For instance, one startup company on the Urbana-Champaign campus is developing wheelchair technologies to make them more mobile and easier to operate. On the Chicago campus, researchers developed an HIV treatment drug in conjunction with the National Institutes of Health. OVPR has hundreds of examples of discoveries that have resulted from University of Illinois research.
To differentiate ourselves from other research institutions, the U of I must strive to define the important problems of our day, design ways to align the right resources and connect the right people, and deliver brilliant solutions to market. Our partnership with UI LAB
and the Digital Manufacturing & Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) will allow us to do just that. The U.S. Department of Defense recently awarded UI LABS, a research and development laboratory that spun out of the University, $70 million to fund the DMDII
, an applied research lab that will transform American manufacturing. Participation in this initiative will result in industry partnerships and increased funding opportunities for University of Illinois researchers, in addition to continuing to attract the best and brightest researchers from around the world.
University of Illinois research is creating solutions to the world’s biggest and most complex challenges. We have been changing the way people think, work, and live for nearly 150 years. With the University’s tradition of academic excellence, commitment to research, and pipeline of talent and innovation, there are infinite possibilities for more life changing, breakthrough discoveries.
Vice President for Research