The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research (OVCR) believes that research is fundamental to the success and mission of the University of Illinois at Chicago and it’s students, faculty, staff, and postdocs. We strive to grow, promote, advance, and safeguard research at UIC by conducting world-class research that advances the field of knowledge both locally and globally.

2018 Humanities, Arts, Design and Architecture Distinguished Scholar
With almost 25 years of work related to HIV/AIDS history, women’s history and the LGBTQ experience, Jennifer Brier has withstood changes in her field and society while establishing herself as an influential historian and leading public intellectual.
2018 Natural Sciences and Engineering Rising Star
Just as smartphones now have hundreds of functions, researcher Jie Xu wants to one day make a chip the size of a credit card capable of conducting full experiments.
Tanya Berger-Wolf
2018 Natural Sciences and Engineering Distinguished Researcher
Tanya Berger-Wolf is a computational ecologist. In fact, she is one of the first — and certainly one of the most well-known — computational ecologists in the young but rapidly growing field.
Basmattee Boodram
2018 Clinical Sciences Rising Star
Basmattee Boodram is an epidemiologist whose attention is focused on some of the greatest public health challenges facing the U.S.: substance abuse and infectious disease.

UIC Research News

UIC researchers awarded $1.7M from HUD

The University of Illinois at Chicago received $1.7 million in research funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to study lead and other household health hazards. The funds will support two different projects in Illinois communities.

UIC’s Samuel Dorevitch, associate professor of environmental and occupational health sciences at the School of Public Health, will be awarded up to $1 million through the Lead and Healthy Homes Technical Studies Program.  Through the Lead Technical Studies Program, UIC’s Apostolis Sambanis, adjunct assistant professor of environmental and occupational health sciences at the School of Public Health, will be awarded up to $700,000.


Brain scans may provide clues to suicide risk

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Utah Health have identified brain circuitry differences that might be associated with suicidal behavior in individuals with mood disorders. The study, published in Psychological Medicine, provides a promising lead toward tools that can predict which individuals are at the highest risk for suicide.


UIC researchers tackle opioid use among kidney disease patients

The University of Illinois at Chicago has received $2.8 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health to investigate non-opioid pain management strategies for people with kidney disease, which affects about 15% of adults in the U.S.

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First fully rechargeable carbon dioxide battery with carbon...

Lithium-carbon dioxide batteries are attractive energy storage systems because they have a specific energy density that is more than seven times greater than commonly used lithium-ion batteries. However, until now, scientists have not been able to develop a fully rechargeable prototype, despite their potential to store more energy.


UIC earns $3.8M grant to enhance early childhood education

The University of Illinois at Chicago has received a $3.8 million, four-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education to further its work, along with several partners, supporting early childhood education and to prepare early childhood educators.


OVCR Facts

  • 225->1 ROI OVCR has invested $2 million over the last two years in the Research Resources Center (RRC) which has generated $550 million in total awards

  • 1564 FY 2017 Awards received by sponsor type

  • $1-> $14 For every $1 invested in Campus Research Board Intramural Funding, $14 are received in extramural funding