ISTC Illinois Science & Technology Coalition

March 2012

State of Illinois Investment in Research, Development and Innovation Yields Great Returns

Since 2001, the State of Illinois has invested over $175 million in research, development and innovation activities and provided over $44 million in support for research and technology parks throughout the state (Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity). This edition of ISTC Catalyst celebrates the State’s commitment to innovation with two new fact sheets highlighting just a few of the investments that are enhancing Illinois’ global standing as a place where science and technology foster economic growth.

To download the factsheets, click on the images.

Watch & Listen

Argonne: Advanced Photon Source Upgrade Project

Research Park at the University of Illinois Overview



Innovation News

Illinois Innovation Index: Using Patent Output to Gauge Illinois’ innovation trajectory
Statewide Competition Brings High-Speed Internet to Communities

Nominations Now Open for the 13th Annual Illinois Technology Association (ITA) CityLIGHTS Awards

ITA CityLIGHTS is the annual celebration of vitality and innovation in the Illinois technology community. Celebrating its 13th year, ITA CityLIGHTS recognizes some of the leading technology companies and individuals whose leadership and success are driving the role of technology in Illinois. Nominations for CityLIGHTS awards are now open and will be accepted until March 26, 2012. Self-nominations are welcome and appreciated.

Sign up on-line to receive the Illinois Innovation Index monthly email. The index is a collaboration of the Illinois Science & Technology Coalition, Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning and World Business Chicago, with additional support provided by the Illinois Innovation Council.

R&D News

Illinois Smart Grid Market Inventory Released

U.S. Department of Energy Funding Opportunity: National Energy Technology Laboratory

U.S. Department of Energy Funding Opportunity: Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy


More News

The Exchange 2012
March 22, 2012

Chicago Innovation Awards Ceremony:  “Making a Career in Innovation”
March 26, 2012

Call for Papers: Great Lakes Symposium on Smart Grid and the New Energy Economy
April 12, 2012

Research Town Meeting and Fair, SIU Carbondale
April 17, 2012

Department of Defense (DoD) SBIR/STTR, Phase 1 Proposal Preparation Workshop
April 24, 2012
IIT Galvin Center for Electricity Innovation
10 W. 35th Street, 16th Floor
Chicago, IL 60616

On Tuesday, April 24, the Illinois Science & Technology Coalition, Illinois Institute of Technology and Northwestern University will be sponsoring an all day SBIR application training session from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Jim Greenwood, an expert on the SBIR process and head of Greenwood Consulting Group, will be leading the workshop on the SBIR/STTR program and DoD opportunities.

The cost for this event is $200 per person. Space is limited. For more information, or to reserve your spot, contact Margaret Smith at



We encourage you to submit ideas for future issues for ISTC Catalyst.

In April 2012, ISTC Catalyst will feature Nanotechnology Materials and Industrial Applications.

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