Interdisciplinary research at Illinois provides opportunities to synthesize multiple disciplines to develop understandings and solutions that benefit from a wider scope than that of just a singular discipline.
The interdisciplinary research resources found here are meant to enhance exposure and guide academic researchers to a number of available means and partnerships throughout campus. This is an incomplete list of campus partners and interdisciplinary research opportunities.
Cline Center for Advanced Social Research
One of the biggest challenges that data scientists, social scientists and humanists face is harnessing the power of raw data. The Cline Center for Advanced Social Research is positioned to expand your research capacities, giving voice to data by providing you with powerful tools to analyze it. We help you transform information into knowledge, so you can understand—and address—real-world issues that affect the lives of people around the globe.
Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB)
The Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB) is where science meets society - an interdisciplinary institute dedicated to transformative research and technology in life sciences using team-based strategies to tackle grand societal challenges.
Carle Illinois College of Medicine
Advancing human health begins with research. The Carle Illinois College of Medicine at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is the world’s first engineering-based medical school. We envision a future where, by leveraging engineering and advanced technology, doctors provide more humanistic care for patients. A future where excellent health care is available to everyone who needs it — no matter who they are or where they live.
The Carle Illinois College of Medicine is a partnership between Carle Health, an Urbana-based system of hospitals and physician groups, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, one of the country’s top public research universities.
Federal Statistical Research Data Center
One of 32 Federal Statistical Research Data Centers in the United States, the UIUC FSRDC is operated through the Department of Economics. The FSRDCs provide data from various government agencies that are normally hard to access, are operated in conjunction between the U.S. Census Bureau and the host institution, with most located on college campuses or within government agency offices. Researchers from across the social sciences and health sciences actively use this type of data in their research, and the center is currently being utilized by researchers from units across the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences as well as other colleges within the university.
Institute for Mathematical and Statistical Innovation
The Institute for Mathematical and Statistical Innovation (IMSI) is a mathematical sciences research institute funded by the National Science Foundation. It is a partnership between the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and is hosted at the University of Chicago. The mission of IMSI is to apply rigorous mathematics and statistics to urgent, complex scientific and societal problems, and to spur transformational change in the mathematical sciences and the mathematical sciences community. IMSI sponsors programs and events related to the mathematical sciences throughout the year to catalyze fundamental and interdisciplinary research.
Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute
The Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute provides human infrastructure that accelerates health research and strengthens collaboration among clinical, community, and campus partners. Health researchers can be found in nearly every college across the Illinois campus. IHSI provides the expertise, tools, and support necessary for engaging in clinical and translational research, from proposal development to HIPAA-secure data collection.
Office of Risk Management and Insurance Research
The Office of Risk Management and Insurance Research (ORMIR) conducts research that examines the critical issues facing the risk management industry and engages students and other stakeholders from throughout the campus to better recognize, analyze, and address risk.
New risks are altering the physical and operational landscape, making it more difficult to effectively anticipate the future. Emerging risks, including climate change and cyber risks, and others that may not be known or clearly evident, will have economic impacts that are increasingly linked to societal and geopolitical risks. These are the areas where research conducted through ORMIR can have an impact.