We tell powerful, analytic-driven stories that influence the state’s STEM talent production, R&D activity, and university-supported entrepreneurship. Our data publications include the Illinois Innovation Index, Catalyst and Spark newsletters, and other thematic reports, as well as supporting the data needs of our innovation ecosystem partners.

Illinois Innovation Index

The Illinois Innovation Index is an information resource that provides timely analysis and insight on technology-based economic activity in Illinois. Featuring innovation metrics, news, and statistical insight, the Index is an ongoing data archive tracking and benchmarking the state’s innovation economy. In its current state, the Index provides yearly insight into Illinois’ STEM talent production, R&D activity, and university-supported entrepreneurship.


The Catalyst newsletter is a monthly publication that spotlights components of the state’s innovation ecosystem. Each month, we feature a column written by a leader from the tech community, highlight innovation news in Illinois, or offer perspective on current issues in the innovation community. Catalyst is the best way to stay up-to-date on all things science and technology in Illinois.

Facts & Figures

The state of Illinois is a national hub for innovation. From world-renowned research universities; to an expansive business community; to a vibrant startup ecosystem; Illinois is propelling the nation forward through new ideas. ISTC’s Facts & Figures provide insight into Illinois’ innovation community.


The ISTC also publishes reports on a variety of topics not covered by the Index or Catalyst. Reports include the Illinois Innovation Ecosystem deck, a living document detailing the various components of Illinois’ growing innovation community. Also included is the Illinois Science & Technology Roadmap, which highlights areas of potential R&D growth in the state.

Researchers to Know

ISTC’s annual list of Researchers to Know at Illinois’ universities. Researchers to Know provides a more detailed look at some of the researchers that are driving innovation in the state—from those advancing new treatments in medicine and tackling cancer, to those revolutionizing computing and shaping new technologies in the 21st century.

March 2017 Index

Latest Release

This year’s STEM Talent Report explores trends within STEM education
and the STEM workforce from 2013-2022.

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Innovation Index

Tracking and benchmarking Illinois’ tech and innovation economy.

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ISTC’s monthly newsletter on all things science and technology in Illinois

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ISTC reports on a number of tech and innovation topics

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Resource Directory

ISTC’s Resource Directory offers tools and resources in a searchable, interactive database intended to support entrepreneurs, spur innovation, and accelerate the growth of businesses and industries in the state. To date, there are more than 600 resources listed—including the state’s incubators, funding opportunities, research facilities, and more.

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ISTC Data in the News

Illinois Innovation Ecosystem

Discover the breadth of Illinois’ innovation assets and resources by taking a tour of the Illinois Innovation Ecosystem. This includes current information on universities & research, industry, capital, government, and Illinois’ infrastructure. The presentation also highlights the state’s clusters of innovation, including food & ag tech, clean tech, nanotechnology, IT, health sciences, web & mobile, computing, and advanced manufacturing.

Download the deck here.

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University-supported startups