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.
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.
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).
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.
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.