DPI Research

Discovery Partners Institute's inaugural faculty working groups have been engaging and consulting across a wide range of UI System faculty and other stakeholders to explore, draft, and share their vision for research and teaching activities related to the initial thematic and cross-cutting areas.

As Illinois’ designated land grant institution, the University of Illinois has a responsibility to use its resources to positively impact and improve society through dynamic higher education and dedicated and disruptive research. The Discovery Partners Institute (DPI) is a true extension of that mission.

Themes

The DPI is centered around four key focus areas: computing & data, environment & water, food & agriculture, and health & wellness. These areas serve as the backbone of the collaborative efforts within the DPI and give them a unique identity as national research and innovation leader.

Together, these public-private collaborative efforts will be guided by working groups and advisory committees that will drive economic growth throughout Illinois with a global impact.

To achieve these goals, DPI's working groups will engage in diverse partnerships to conduct breakthrough and translational research, education and outreach; engage faculty across the University of Illinois System and all of DPI's partner institutions; take advantage of major advances in computing and data throughout the DPI's partners; and study other interdisciplinary institutes that hold computing and data research and education as primary thrusts.

Cross-Cutting Areas

Woven throughout DPI's four key themes are important cross-cutting areas of opportunity where the innovation created within the DPI meets humanity in real and impactful ways. These areas: culture and society, entrepreneurship and technology transfer, education and workforce development and public policy will allow the DPI to strategically align on specific areas of research and development that will affect our world in a positive way.

Together, these public-private collaborative efforts will be guided by working groups and advisory committees that will drive economic growth throughout Illinois with a global impact.