Innovation and Investment

At the University of Chicago, key connections foster innovation. The University leverages its resources and relationships to promote the lab’s mission and to create scientific and economic growth. The University garners support for Argonne through its relationships with community, city, academic, and business leaders, as well as by educating federal policymakers about the labs’ scientific advancements.

Through its Federal Relations office, the University has worked to promote federal funding for Argonne’s research initiatives. The University also played a key role in securing significant support from the State of Illinois for Argonne’s $34.5 million state-of-the-art Advanced Protein Crystallization Facility.

Many University-led initiatives unite academic, industry, and government partners to advance national innovation. Multi-institutional programs co-sponsored by the University, such as the Midwest Energy Forum and Chicago Innovation Mentors, often highlight lab scientists’ expertise. The University’s Innovation Fund supports promising collaborations that can yield new technologies. Competitions like the Clean Energy Challenge and the New Venture Challenge pair Chicago Booth MBA students with lab scientists to bring new technologies to the market place.

By building the bridge between research and application, the University of Chicago creates a climate of regional collaboration and facilitates groundbreaking science and technology that benefits the nation.

Midwest Energy Forum

Michael Polsky (far left), President and CEO of Invenergy and UChicago trustee, and UChicago Law School alumnus Nick Pritzker (second from right), JD’75, Chairman and CEO of Hyatt Development Corporation, share ideas with other business leaders and industrialists at the 2011 Midwest Energy Forum, sponsored by UChicago and the Clean Energy Trust.