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UIC Achieves Record Research Funding, Total Awards Over Half a Billion Dollars

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The University of Illinois Chicago received a total of $509M of research funding in fiscal year 2023, an all-time high for UIC representing a 49% increase compared to FY2018. More than 3,400 research projects were supported by the FY23 funding, spanning the breadth of research endeavors at Chicago’s only public research university, from health and medicine, to climate change and manufacturing technology. UI Health, the university’s academic health enterprise, received $375M in research funding, representing 74% of the UIC total, and a 45% increase over FY18. The University of Illinois College of Medicine alone received $209M of funding in FY23, representing 41% of the UIC total and a 53% increase over FY18.

Dr. Robert Barish, UIC vice chancellor for health affairs, emphasized the real-world health impact that results from such research funding. “While the numbers themselves are impressive and attest to UIC and UI Health as a powerhouse for research, the true importance is how the research contributes to health and well-being for communities in Chicago and far beyond,” he said. “UI Health will continue doing our utmost to promote health equity through innovative research, academic excellence and expanding access to superb care.”