Research is a key driver of innovation, and Illinois Innovation Network members are committed to collaborating on research that will have great impact for the state of Illinois. Topics like health and wellness for diverse populations, sustainability and ecosystem resiliency, advanced food systems, and data analytics will help propel forward the state's economy.

By working together to advance the understanding of key subject areas, IIN members can more thoroughly utilize resources at their own institutions and create partnerships that can benefit the universities, their communities, and the state. Collaborating on key research projects will allow investigators to compete for larger grants, which will allow for further investment in the projects.