Research and Targeted Solutions

Illinois has a long-standing reputation as one of the most innovative and productive public research universities in the world. Discoveries and technologies developed here have radically changed the way we live in the world, from the light-emitting diode to the revolutionary web browser, Mosaic. Exciting and revolutionary work is being done every day, in every discipline.

Our corporate partners are an important source of research funding for the campus. Corporate research support has been increasing significantly over time. Total corporate investment to the University including philanthropic giving and research funding in FY2021 totaled $133M with 460 companies with active research contracts. 

There are many opportunities for industry to engage with our researchers through funded research, applied research projects, participation in our research centers, or the pursuit of collaborative federal funding opportunities. Confidentiality and intellectual property management are integral to any research interaction enabling our corporate research partners to commercialize the resulting technology. The Office of Corporate Relations can link you with existing research programs, or speak with you to determine how we can best suit your specific research needs.


Success Stories

Dow and UIUC Partnership Wins Awards

We are proud to celebrate that one of our corporate partnerships has recently won an award: the esteemed Industry Project Award from the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE). The selection committee deemed the collaboration between UIUC and Dow, Inc. to be an excellent example of industry-academia synergy in solving energy problems through fundamental engineering principles.

UIUC and Chicago ARC Partner to Tackle Healthcare Inequity

In UIUC’s healthcare-centered partnership with Chicago ARC, the university aims to provide solutions in another critical area within the industry: equitable healthcare.