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A call to join

Led by the University of Illinois system, faculty, researchers, and educators play a vital role as DPI members.

DPI’s ambition is to propel Chicago and Illinois into a pre-eminent and inclusive tech economy over the next decade — putting more women and people of color in durable tech jobs. And to do it at scale.

DPI has lead more than $10 million in investments in faculty-led R&D teams and is launching businesses based on university research.

Membership details and how to join

Request to join DPI by submitting your name, short biography, and CV


Membership Benefits Include

  • Services and support for research and teaching initiatives
  • Connections to other faculty, researchers, and educators from DPI partner institutions
  • Invitation to speaker series and other DPI and DPI related events
  • Access to downtown Chicago DPI space and other shared resources
  • Support letters for grant proposals
  • Eligibility to vote for DPI Executive Committee
  • Monthly updates from DPI Director of Academic Affairs
  • Seed funding opportunities
  • DPI faculty affiliate status

Membership Expectations Include

  • Lead and participate in DPI activities
  • Teach affiliated courses and do outreach activities
  • Publicize research and education activities through DPI channels
  • List DPI affiliation when submitting manuscripts, giving talks, and accepting awards and prizes that are supported by DPI funds