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. The corporate research support has been increasing significantly over time. Corporate research funding in FY2019 totaled $57.3M with 455 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

Reconstruct Revolutionizes Construction Sector with Computer Vision and AI

Reconstruct is bringing computer vision and AI to buildings, infrastructure, and retail stores all across the world, thanks to concepts and technologies pioneered by The Grainger College of Engineering. Reconstruct announced $17.3 million in Series B venture funding in July 2021. The company, which develops artificial intelligence and digital twin-based software for the construction and real-estate industries, is now working on over 1,000 projects.

ADMI Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary

The year 2021 marks the 10-year anniversary of the ADM Institute for the Prevention of Postharvest Loss (ADMI). In honor of this milestone, a 10-year retrospective of ADMI's work in building postharvest loss capacity, scaling innovation, and supporting research has been released.