Illinois Innovation Index

The Illinois Innovation Index is an information resource that provides timely analysis and insight on technology-based economic activity in Illinois.

The Index features innovation metrics, news, and statistical insight as 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.

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Latest Release:

2018 Research & Development Index


Research and development (R&D) is the lifeblood of innovation. Universities, businesses, and federal agencies all leverage R&D to generate discoveries that drive economic development and improve quality of life. Illinois ranks 8th nationally in total R&D activity, reaching $16.5 billion in 2015 (the latest year for which data is available). However, total R&D activity has stagnated since 2011, growing just 0.8 percent annually over that period, compared with 3.7 percent growth nationally…

 

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