The mission of the ISTI is to advance scientific understanding and technological innovation in Illinois through discovery, education, invention, and partnership. The ISTI advances science and technology through educational initiatives and the provision of grants.
The ISTI also provides resources for:
In 2011, the Illinois Science & Technology Institute (ISTI) was formed as a non-profit entity by the Illinois Science & Technology Coalition (ISTC) to strengthen the Illinois talent pipeline for research and development careers. Composed of major corporations, research universities, research laboratories, post-secondary education institutions and nonprofits, the ISTI first worked to develop a curriculum framework for research and development.
The ISTI applied to be a part of Illinois Pathways, a public-private initiative created by the State of Illinois with Race to the Top funding to better prepare Illinois students for careers in STEM fields. Through this strategy, Illinois Pathways developed “STEM Learning Exchanges” to coordinate educational opportunities and leverage private sector resources in key sectors to better prepare students to compete in the global economy. Through a competitive process, the ISTI was selected to manage the R&D STEM Learning Exchange, one of eight Learning Exchanges funded through the Illinois State Board of Education.
The R&D STEM Learning Exchange formally launched in mid-2012 with a comprehensive strategic planning process. The 2013-2014 academic year served as the RDLE’s first year of providing services to Illinois schools. Learn more about the R&D STEM Learning Exchange and Illinois STEM.