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With more than 200 academic, government, and non-profit research institutions, Illinois has one of the largest concentrations of research in the world. Illinois ranks seventh in R&D expenditures by universities and colleges, and eighth in industry-performed R&D. Equally impressive is the range and quality of research that emerges from Illinois each year.
Argonne National Laboratory
Argonne is one of the U.S. Department of Energy’s largest research centers. Through its collaboration with the University of Chicago, Argonne and the university are a $750 million research engine that brings together more than 25,000 scientists, engineers, staff, and students in the study of materials science, chemistry, biology, high-energy physics, high-performance computing, and more. And with its collaboration with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, research and commercialization initiatives are enhanced by the Terascale Computing System (TeraGrid), the world’s largest, most comprehensive distributed cyberinfrastrucutre for open scientific research.
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab)
Fermilab is the largest high-energy physics laboratory in the U.S. and the second largest in the world. Its innovative accelerator research, superconducting magnet development, and advancements in particle physics technology have led to societal benefits in health, security, and economic well-being. With 2,100 employees, and almost 3,000 national and international scientists and students who take part in the lab’s experiments, Fermilab builds and operates the accelerators, detectors, and other facilities necessary to conduct research in high-energy physics.
National Center for Food Safety and Technology (NCFST)
Based in Chicago, the National Center for Food Safety and Technology (NCFST) is a research consortium among the FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), Illinois Institute of Technology, and the food industry. The NCFST is the only center where industry works collaboratively on projects with FDA scientists on food safety and technology research. Membership in the NCFST allows companies to gain early insight into emerging food safety issues from the CFSAN perspective to assess the safety of new technologies important for innovation. This early collaboration with FDA may also facilitate speed to market through the regulatory process.
National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research (NCAUR)
As the U.S. Department of Agriculture–Agricultural Research Service’s largest federal utilization center, NCAUR is a world-class bioscience institute. Researchers from nearly a dozen scientific disciplines work collaboratively with universities, private industry, trade associations, and other government agencies to invent new industrial and food products from agricultural commodities, develop new technologies to improve environmental quality, and provide technical support to federal regulatory and action agencies.
International Institute for Nanotechnology (IIN)
An innovative and far-reaching collaborative venture between Northwestern University, Argonne’s Center for Nanoscale Materials, and their partners, IIN has already spawned 15 start-up companies. The IIN is anchored by major research centers at Northwestern, including the Nanoscale Science & Engineering Center, the Center for Cancer Nanotechnology, the Center for Nanofabrication and Molecular Self-Assembly, and more. Technologies developed at IIN have been commercialized and are being used by researchers worldwide.
The Center for Nanoscale Materials (CNM)
A joint partnership between U.S. Department of Energy and the State of Illinois, the CNM serves as a user-based center, providing tools and infrastructure for nanoscience and nanotechnology research with centralized facilities, controlled environments, technical support, and scientific staff open to outside users from a wide range of scientific fields. This accessibility ensures a cross-disciplinary approach to nano-related research that enables ideas and activities to cross-pollinate, mature, and evolve over time into the pathways of scientific investigation and discovery.
The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)
Located at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the NCSA is home to one of the nation’s most powerful collections of supercomputers. NCSA is an international leader in deploying robust high-performance computing resources and in working with research communities to develop new computing and software technologies. NCSA collaborates with Argonne National Laboratory on the Terascale Computing System (TeraGrid) project, the world’s largest, most comprehensive distributed cyberinfrastrucutre for open scientific research.
Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology
The Beckman Institute is an interdisciplinary research institute devoted to the physical sciences, computation, engineering, biology, behavior, and cognition. Research focuses on three broadly defined research initiatives: biological intelligence, human-computer intelligent interaction, and molecular and electronic nanostructures. More than 600 researchers from nearly 30 University of Illinois departments as far-ranging as psychology, computer science, and biochemistry—comprising 15 Beckman Institute groups—work within and across these overlapping areas.
Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB)
Formally opening in 2007 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the IGB seeks to advance life science research and stimulate bio-economic development in the state of Illinois.
The facility can house up to 400 researchers in three broad program areas: systems biology, cellular and metabolic engineering, and genome technology. Presently, the institute is comprised from faculty dedicated to advancing research in human health, the environment, agriculture, and energy efficiency.