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We’re here to boost applied R&D investment in Illinois

To promote R&D and innovation —and a stronger future for the state — Illinois needs more collaboration between higher education and industry. DPI’s mission is to foster these partnerships. Join us.

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DPI organizes synergistic faculty teams and matches them with funders’ needs.


We open doors for partners to Chicago’s corporate and tech communities.


We provide infrastructure, from lab space to seed funding and in-kind support.


We offer advice on how to get ideas to market, through a startup, licensing or sale.