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  • DPI Awards More Than $1 Million in R&D Grants

    The Discovery Partners Institute (DPI) is launching eight, world-class research teams from the University of Illinois System and partner universities with more than $1 million in seed funding.

  • DPI launches education and workforce research center

    The Discovery Partners Institute has launched a new education and workforce research center, the Illinois Workforce and Education Research Collaborative (IWERC), supported by $3.9 million from some of Chicago’s most influential philanthropists and foundations.

  • City Scholars Program Expands At Discovery Partners Institute

    The Discovery Partners Institute (DPI) and The Grainger College of Engineering are expanding the City Scholars program to now include the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and the Illinois Institute of Technology (Illinois Tech).

  • DPI and P33 Launch TechReady Illinois in response to COVID-19

    P33 and Discovery Partners Institute today launched TechReady Illinois, an effort to help Illinois residents hurt by COVID-19 gain new digital skills at steeply discounted tuition rates.

  • Jump ARCHES Partnership Expands; Endowment Now Exceeds $100 Million

    A longstanding partnership between OSF HealthCare and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Grainger College of Engineering for joint research to revolutionize clinical simulation, health care systems and medical education will expand dramatically through additional endowments. 

  • DPI Partners to Expand I-Corps Programs in Chicago

    The Discovery Partners Institute (DPI) has launched its inaugural I-Corps program, a virtual boot camp with 11 teams representing Chicago’s top research universities and community entrepreneurs. 

  • CURES faculty present at Night of Ideas Chicago 2020

    A team of experts representing the three campuses of the University of Illinois System discussed urban sustainability and resilience during Night of Ideas Chicago 2020 on Thursday, Jan. 30 at The Field Museum.

  • Walder Foundation Awards Discovery Partners Institute $1.25 Million

    The Walder Foundation has awarded a Discovery Partners Institute (DPI) science team led by the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) $1.25 million to develop a prototype capability for detecting COVID-19 outbreaks and trends in Chicago’s wastewater.

     

  • Discovery Partners Institute Hires IWERC Director

    The Discovery Partners Institute (DPI) has appointed Meg Bates the founding director of the Illinois Workforce and Education Research Collaborative (IWERC), which will conduct research to answer the questions most important to Illinois policy and education leaders.

  • C-NICE to be part of DPI connection in Urbana

    The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will partner with FoxConn Interconnect Technology, the Discovery Partners Institute (DPI) and Illinois Innovation Network (IIN) to launch a $100 million Center for Networked Intelligent Components and Environments (C-NICE).

  • UIC selects 10 projects in its first cycle of DPI seed funding

    The University of Illinois at Chicago has selected 10 projects for funding through its Discovery Partners Institute Cycle 1 Seed Funding Program. UIC received 88 proposals, with the 10 winning proposals featuring 20 faculty members from five colleges, inculding four cross-college collaborations.

  • DPI-linked center established to accelerate quantum information science and engineering

    A new $15 million Illinois Quantum Information Science and Technology Center that will participate in the Discovery Partners Institute and Illinois Innovation Network will be established on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

  • The Hebrew University Joins DPI

    The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, a globally recognized leader in education and innovation, signed an agreement to partner in Discovery Partners Institute. The Hebrew University, which produces a third of Israel’s civilian research, will bring unique expertise to DPI in three vital areas: entrepreneurship, food and agriculture, and computing.

  • Gov. Pritzker commits $500 million to IIN and DPI

    Gov. JB Pritzker on Wednesday announced that the State of Illinois is moving forward with $500 million in capital funding for the University of Illinois System's Illinois Innovation Network (IIN) and Discovery Partners Institute (DPI) - a network of research and innovation hubs that will serve as a magnet for technology and talent.

  • UIC and Deerfield Management launch West Loop Innovations

    The University of Illinois at Chicago and Deerfield Management announced today the establishment of West Loop Innovations, LLC. The company will help accelerate the commercialization of therapeutics developed at UIC. Deerfield will provide up to $65 million in translational research funding and commercialization expertise to advance promising UIC discoveries.

  • DPI-backed teams to compete in startup pitch competition

    The Discovery Partners Institute is sponsoring five teams of student entrepreneurs from across the University of Illinois System in the Final Four Business Pitch at Chicago entrepreneurship center 1871 on Aug. 31.

  • U of I trustees approve lease to expand DPI space

    The University of Illinois Board of Trustees on Thursday approved a lease that will roughly double the amount of space now occupied by the Discovery Partners Institute’s headquarters to accommodate the growing demand for programming space.

  • NIU joins U of I System-led Illinois Innovation Network

    A world-class research center targeting food systems, water resources and environmental change is planned at Northern Illinois University as part of a new statewide innovation network led by the University of Illinois System. The Northern Illinois Center for Community Sustainability (NICCS) will be housed in a $22.9 million facility to be built on NIU’s far west campus.

  • National Taiwan University Joins DPI

    National Taiwan University (NTU), the country’s most comprehensive and prestigious university, has signed an agreement to partner in the growing Discovery Partners Institute, a world-class education and research center led by the University of Illinois System.

  • Jackson to lead Discovery Partners Institute

    William C. Jackson, a former president at Johnson Controls and an alumnus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been named to head the Discovery Partners Institute (DPI), the world-class center for research and innovation led by the U of I System, President Tim Killeen announced today.

  • Travel grants available to support collaboration with international partners

    The Office of the Vice President for Economic Development and Innovation (VPEDI) provided travel support to encourage the development of new or the strengthening of existing faculty and college collaborations with Israel and Mexico. VPEDI is offering up to 15 travel grants to further the mission of VPEDI, the Discovery Partners Institute (DPI), and the Illinois Innovation Network (IIN).

  • State funding proposed for new, U of I-led research center

    A proposal by Gov. Bruce Rauner would provide $500 million in state funding to match private donations for a new statewide research enterprise led by the University of Illinois System that is being developed to accelerate innovation, job creation and economic growth.

  • DPI Announces First Round of Seed Funding Projects

    Helping communities utilize sustainable development strategies, creating a statewide pipeline to train computer science teachers, and integrating people with autism spectrum disorders into the technology and innovation workforce are among the projects funded in the Discovery Partners Institute’s first round of seed grants.

  • DPI names inaugural director of academic affairs

    Phyllis Baker, whose nearly 30-year career in higher education includes experience in classrooms, research and high-level administration, has been named to lead academic activities for the Discovery Partners Institute (DPI), a pioneering new research institute led by the University of Illinois System.

  • Illinois Innovation Network adds 9 hubs

    The Illinois Innovation Network (IIN), a group of hubs across the state that aims to boost Illinois’ economy through entrepreneurship, research and workforce development, announced the addition of nine new members. IIN now has 15 hubs, including all of Illinois’ public universities, and spans the entire state.

  • State budget includes $500 million for U of I-led research center

    The statewide Illinois Innovation Network (IIN) and its primary hub, the Discovery Partners Institute (DPI), got a major boost when $500 million in funding support approved by the General Assembly in the fiscal 2019 state budget was signed into law by Gov. Bruce Rauner.

  • Progress and new partners for Discovery Partners Institute Announced

    At a press conference today, University of Illinois System President Tim Killeen, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel were joined by other public officials and U of I leaders for a progress report on the Discovery Partners Institute (DPI) initiative announced last October.

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  • U of I system and Illinois Tech announce new research partnership

    Illinois Institute of Technology signed an agreement Wednesday to partner in a new research center led by the University of Illinois System that will spark breakthrough discoveries, fueling economic growth of the state of Illinois and city of Chicago while nurturing and retaining next-generation talent.

  • Program connects key Chicago leaders, Israeli entrepreneurs

    The Discovery Partners Institute wrapped up its first international program on Tuesday as the IDEAS Immersion event in Chicago connected entrepreneurs from Tel Aviv University – Israel’s largest university and DPI’s first international partner – with leading Chicago investors, business founders and corporate executives over the two-week program.

  • Board of Trustees backs DPI

    The University of Illinois Board of Trustees today gave its unanimous support to the Discovery Partners Institute (DPI), the groundbreaking new research and education enterprise led by the University of Illinois System.

  • Sanders named interim director of DPI

    Bill Sanders, department head of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's nationally ranked electrical and computer engineering department, was named interim director of the Discovery Partners Institute on Aug. 24.

  • Business incubator joins UIS, becomes first IIN hub

    Innovate Springfield, a downtown Springfield innovation and business incubator, has become part of the University of Illinois at Springfield and was established as the first downstate hub of the new Illinois Innovation Network.

  • Argonne joins new research center led by U of I System

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory, a global leader in scientific discovery and America’s first national laboratory, signed an agreement Wednesday to partner in a new research center led by the University of Illinois System to accelerate the groundbreaking innovation that drives progress and economic growth.

  • Data science center, Research Park expansion among IIN priorities in Urbana

    Building a world-class center devoted to the fast-growing field of data science and expanding an award-winning Research Park are top priorities at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as the U of I System develops a new statewide innovation network to accelerate job creation and economic growth.

  • U of I System sets innovation network priorities at UIC

    New research facilities to build on breakthroughs in therapeutic drugs and computer technology at the University of Illinois at Chicago are among top priorities in start-up plans for a new statewide innovation network that the U of I System is developing to accelerate job creation and economic growth.

  • OSF kicks off innovation work with DPI

    Through its partnership with Discovery Partners Institute, OSF HealthCare hosted 70 students and faculty from across the University of Illinois System at the Jump Trading Simulation & Education Center to learn more about OSF and the challenges of delivering affordable healthcare to all.

  • Seidel to be honored by America-Israel Chamber of Commerce

    Edward Seidel, University of Illinois System Vice President for Economic Development and Innovation, will receive the 2018 Business Leadership Award from the America-Israel Chamber of Commerce Chicago at an event on Nov. 28.

  • U of I System will lead a new research institute

    The University of Illinois System will lead a new research institute that will be developed in downtown Chicago where world-class researchers will work side-by-side with students and businesses to foster next-generation innovation and workforce development. Plans for the Discovery Partners Institute (DPI) were outlined by Gov. Rauner and President Tim Killeen at an event this week at the proposed site for the institute.

  • Illinois Partners with Tel Aviv University in New Chicago Innovation, Entrepreneurship Hub

    Tel Aviv University has been chosen to become one of four founding partners of a new innovation and entrepreneurship hub to be set up in Chicago.

  • Tel Aviv University becomes DPI's first international partner

    Tel Aviv University officially signed as the first international partner in Discovery Partners Institute, a pioneering new research center led by the University of Illinois System that will foster innovation to address real-world challenges and drive social and economic growth.

  • U of I System adds academic, research partners in India

    The University of Illinois System signed agreements for new academic and research partnerships with seven of India’s top universities and research agencies during a weeklong visit to India by President Tim Killeen and a delegation of system and university officials.

  • Innovation hub to be developed in downtown Peoria

    OSF HealthCare, the University of Illinois System, Illinois Central College, and the Greater Peoria Economic Development Council are joining forces to develop a Peoria Innovation Hub as part of the Illinois Innovation Network.